I’m going to miss this guy.
Pablo and Torres starting in Game 2 of the Taiwan All-Star Game?
Based on how he has been treated this year, it’s easy to analyze that the Giants want to take the slower development approach for Gary Brown. He had a full year in High-A this year, and it’s expected that he’ll have a full year in Double-A in 2012. Given the mentality, I would think that they would want him to spend time in in Triple-A in 2013 before an eventual call-up.
However, it looks like that there are more that think we’ll see probably see Gary next year. Our CF/lead-off role is pretty much a black hole for next season. It’s not guaranteed that Andres Torres will be back, and the Justin Christian call-up was more of an experiment to see if he’ll be a catalyst in 2012. I’m all for developing Gary a bit longer, but if we don’t have Torres and Christian to fall-back on, CF/lead-off is just as much as a gaping hole as our SS role. There are also those that are definitely in favor of resigning Cody Ross. He can play CF, hits a bit for power, and despite this bad year, he’ll be good enough for a platoon role in CF/RF.
Heath Hembree still needs a bit more seasoning, but many are already seeing him as Brian Wilson’s replacement. The Giants have the pitching down, so trading Wilson for a sorely needed bat would do more good than harm. After Hembree was promoted to Double-A earlier this year, SJ Giants named him as relief pitcher of the year. He has the stuff and his numbers this year were great. But like I said, he needs more seasoning in the farm system. In an eventual call-up (likely in 2013), he’ll probably spend time as a relief role before he moves up as a closer.
I’m personally in favor for most of this. I’d like for Gary to also have more seasoning, but if the Giants really are in a pickle, then why not? Cody Ross still wants to play for the Giants, and a $5 million deal for two years as a 4th or 5th outfielder is definitely worth it. And let’s face it, Brian Wilson may be part of the face of the franchise as of now, but he’s not gonna be here forever. We need a bat, and Hembree, when seasoned enough, will be good enough as a replacement.
Eric Surkamp and Dan Runzler have been optioned to make room for Andres Torres and Sergio Romo, who have been activated. Understandable, since the Giants don’t need a 5th starter with an off-day coming up. Surkamp will be back a little bit after the rosters expand on September 6. Lineup:
It is a bit interesting to mention that Bochy says Jonathan Sanchez’s injury hasn’t been progressing well. Big possibility that he won’t pitch for while, or at all for the rest of the season. So when Surkamp is back up with the Giants, it will be likely, and even more interesting, to see him take over that 5th starter role — at least until there’s an off-chance that Jonathan Sanchez has recovered fully (most likely towards mid- to late-September). The rookie in a division/pennant race. Shit’s about to go down.
With our legit leadoff hitter back in the lineup, and that beast Romo back in the bullpen, let’s hope that this will energize the Giants enough to step shit up and get back up there with Arizona.
Edit: It is guaranteed that Surkamp will, in fact, be starting against San Diego when he returns on September 6, the exact date when the Giants will be needing that 5th starter. So very smart move for management to send him down (confirmed to San Jose) so that he’ll get a start to stay sharp before coming back up just in time. Interesting enough, Surkamp may become a permanent starter in the near future. Notes from Hank Schulman:
…it’s a sign that the Giants do not feel Surkamp will be a prospect who keeps going up and down from the minors to the majors. They are using one of his three option years to buy 10 days for someone else to be on the roster.
You only get three option years. The Giants must feel they won’t need to use all of them.
But I had a nice moment on the bench with Andres Torres before the game. I asked him for some of his favorite spots around town.
“I don’t know, I didn’t get out much,” he said. “Only where I could go on my bicycle.”
Torres attended Miami-Dade College on a track and baseball scholarship. He didn’t have any money. A car was out of the question.
At times, it’s easy to forget where some of these guys came from, and how much they’ve had to endure.
Did Torres ride a bicycle all through college?
“Oh, no, no,” he said. “I took the bus, too.”"
— Andrew Baggarly Post-game Notes
All it took was an injury and few months of Mr. Dickbat doing bad things at the plate for him to be benched last year and this year.
Huff has been horrible THE ENTIRE GOD DAMN MOTHER FUCKING SEASON, yet Bochy still “likes the way he’s been swinging his bat.” Tell me what the fuck there is to like, other than that lone, useless home run a couple days ago.
- The awesome pop-ups
- The awesome grounders
- The awesome 4-3 put outs
- The awesome inability to take walks
- The awesome infield hits
- The awesome way he got on base after someone lost a pop-up in the sun
All of these sound completely awesome, so my mistake, there’s plenty to like about that swing.
But seriously, what the fuck makes Huff so special? It doesn’t take Bochy much to bench any other player.
- Cody Ross had a HORRIBLE July, hitting .193/.304/.281. But he still replaced Torres in the lead-off spot because Bochy “lost confidence” in him (who was hitting .260/.313/.364 in July). Somehow, “the hot hand” applies to this.
- Schierholtz is having a small rough stretch, but now he’s immediately benched.
- Burrell was benched LOOOOONG ago.
- Tejada was replaced, and somehow a clone of him was the right way to go.
I have to assume that money does not play an option in Bochy’s decisions, especially considering what he’s done with Rowand and Tejada. But if it’s not money, THEN WHY THE FUCK HASN’T HUFF BEEN BENCHED YET? I am seriously going fucking crazy. I need to explore what’s going on in Bochy’s ridiculously huge head. Because I honestly don’t know why Huff gets so much special treatment.
FREE THE FUCK OUT OF BRANDON BELT. If you need me, I’ll be angrily looking at my TV screen as I watch the DiamondBack’s rookie first baseman get playing time.