The Giants finished up the roadtrip yesterday at 4-2 and are 7-3 in their last 10. They’re still in first place, by one and a half games, and Nate Schierholtz came out of nowhere, starting three days in a row in Philly and absolutely tearing it up. All in all, things are looking quite good. But it’s a bit overshadowed by the first base situation which is not good. Not good at all. Brandon Belt was 1 for 20 on the roadtrip and to say he’s looking lost would be understatement of probably devastating proportions. He’s a bit beyond lost and his backup by the name of Aubrey Huff suffered a setback with his knee injury in a Minor League rehab start the other day, so… the trade deadline is looking awfully interesting, if you ask me.
There are a handful of first basemen who could be on the trading block – obviously the biggest one, Youkilis, is gone from the market – but as they proposed over at Bleacher Report, Justin Morneau could be an interesting fit and then again, they could go all internal-options on us and shift Sandoval over to first for a while. With Hector Sanchez on the DL, the Posey at first option is not as much of a possibility, but when he gets back, that could happen to some extent as well.
If Schierholtz continues to look good, with a few opportunities, of course, he could look attractive to someone looking for a quick fix (seriously, the Quick Fix GM’s need a whole club of their own) and he seems anxious to be traded. Which is understandable, because his whole Giants career has been oddly handled, really. Not unlike Brandon Belt’s – because as much as Belt is just having issues of his own, the whole disaster of how the organization sent him up and down last year certainly didn’t help. Anyone seeing a pattern here? The GM’s Who Don’t Really Have a Clue about Handling Young Players could also have an exclusive club.
Let’s hope they have a clue about the trade deadline, hm?
The 10 game homestand starts tonight against San Diego who are very simply toast. Mike Adams pitched last night for Texas and I had some nasty flashbacks about what he did to the Giants when I tried to cheer for him. Still, without him, them Padres do not stand a chance. Not to mention that it’s Vogelsong, who has the fourth best ERA in the National League, for Pete’s sake. I’m feeling pretty good about it. No cupcake ingredients in sight.