Chairs on the Titanic
There’s an old saying that dates back awhile that I feel like describes the Giants current situation perfectly. After the series in Oakland where the offense managed to score one run while getting shut out twice, upper management had a surefire solution to fixing the problem. It involved moving Aubrey Huff to left field, Pablo Sandoval to first, and Juan Uribe to third, effectively benching both Nate Schierholtz and John Bowker. Essentially, there were chairs being shuffled on the Titanic with Buster Posey rotting in Fresno.
This plan was wrong in so many ways, beginning with the fact that Aubrey Huff would be a defensive liability in left, and ending with the fact that moving the same offense around the diamond to different positions is likely to produce the same level of ineptitude. So what are the solutions?
The front office could recall Buster Posey. In this scenario, Posey comes up to the big team amidst huge fanfare and celebration, and is promptly allowed two to three starts a week at multiple positions while the management complains about how he doesn’t have enough experience catching. This would likely solve nothing, and in the long run would probably hurt Posey’s development as a cornerstone player more than it would help him.
Outside of this, there aren’t a whole lot of feasible cures. There’s no panacea for an offense full of hitters who can’t hit well. That said, there are some underachievers right now. Pablo Sandoval will begin to hit again, period. Aubrey Huff has been adequate enough, Juan Uribe has actually been a pretty useful player, and Andres Torres is statistically the second best hitter on the team. So what’s the problem? Well, Andres Torres is statistically the second best hitter on the team. If you’ve tuned into ESPN any time over the last month, you’ve probably had the pleasure of watching a Yankee game. Did you see their lineup? Did you see how Robinson Cano, a guy with a line of .335/.382/.566, is hitting fifth? Scary stuff.
In a year that began with such promise, things have taken a harrowing turn for the worst. A team that struggles to score 2-3 runs a game doesn’t have a whole lot of wiggle room when it comes to giving up runs. Essentially, the lack of offense makes it so the pitching staff is required to be nothing short of perfect. When they’re not, as most pitching staffs aren’t, the Giants lose. Put simply, something needs to happen. I don’t know what, but in my experience if you try and fail multiple times with the same strategy, typically it means you need to try something radically new. Like fire your manager and GM. Just a thought.