Recently I argued that the Giants face five obstacles as they seek to repeat as NL West champs.
None of those roadblocks included the misuse of San Francisco Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz. I knew I'd be writing about that soon enough.
Perhaps Schierholtz laughed out loud while his manager, Bruce Bochy, was addressing a team meeting.
Or said something unkind about general manager Brian Sabean without realizing that Sabean was within earshot.
Or complained about his contract ($433,000, in a one-year deal expiring at the end of this season).
Something has to be amiss. How else to explain why the Giants haven't made Schierholtz, their second-round draft pick in 2003 and a major leaguer since 2007, an everyday player?
His in-and-out-of-the-lineup status is especially vexing given that the Giants entered this week as the lowest run-scoring club (399) in the NL and second-lowest in baseball (only the inept Seattle Mariners had scored fewer runs than San Francisco).
So, in an attempt to logically analyze this illogical situation, here are five reasons Nate Schierholtz ought to be a fixture in the Giants' outfield.