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Flailing in Arizona

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 12, 2012

Soooooo……THAT didn’t go very well, did it? This is a weird year. For some reason I am more hopeful about this offense than I was about last year’s offense (where I had zero hope). This year, when I look at each player individually I usually say “I like him offensively.” (with the exception of Crawford though I really do like his swing and he HAS had at bats that were productive and not just *good at bats*) However,  when you put them all into the same line up it just doesn’t work. The other day I said “…but this team is a group of guys who are more worried about playing time and just doing enough to stay at this level—they’re worried about just surviving. And that’s no way to play team ball………”

And I feel more and more like this is where the problem lies. Everyone is playing *tight* on offense and defense. Outside of Melky, no one is hitting. And look at the list of guys who are not guaranteed a roster spot for the entire year:

Crawford

Belt

Blanco

Arias

Nate

Gillespe

Pill

Burriss

Hector

Some of those guys are safer than others.  But would it surprise you if ANY of those guys were sent down? Maybe Nate wouldn’t go down. Maybe. None of them are taking walks because they’re all up there trying to *make something happen*— and when you try to force something at the plate you usually fail. With each failed at bat you get a little tighter. And pretty soon you’ve got a line up of guys freaking out about their livelihood and wondering if they’re about to get *the call* into Bochy’s office. Also consider that a couple of those guys are playing out of position and that can affect your performance at the plate, too. A final consideration of that list is that a few of them might just not be good enough to succeed at this level. Maybe more than a few……

So I am still hopeful about this O because I do like everyone on that list. It’s 9 guys who step into the box who I say “Ok, let’s see what happens here.” But success reinforces success. And none of them are engaging in enough successes to build off of. I’m staying hopeful; mostly because I have to be……

 

 

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  1. willieD said, on May 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Not much scoring in entire NL tonight–3 games ended 2-1, and 4 others the losing team was held to 2 runs and single digit hits….including Dbs, in their own yard. I still say Sf has better pitching than anyone, at least in this division. Play the d, get a timely hit here and there, same old winning formula.
    cain was truly beast tonite, on the bases, at the plate, and on the mound. what a performance. Lead by example!

  2. unca_chuck said, on May 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Win the series and it’ll help. Win and they are 3-3 on this roadie.They’ve been maddeningly inconsistent. Offensively and defensively. It sure would be nice to see them string together 4-5 in a row.

    Then again we get bubbles tomorrow.

  3. eddacker said, on May 13, 2012 at 12:44 am

    HEY MAGNUS:
    I have one of those email signature things that adds a random quote like this:

    Kind Regards,
    edward

    Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
    ~ Mark Twain

    so today I added this one, classic mate:

    Kind Regards,
    edward

    There are few things I enjoy more than watching guys with neck tats fuck shit up.
    – Big Flavor 2012

  4. eddacker said, on May 13, 2012 at 12:46 am

    classic Cain game, one to remember after reading the wrap I had to go watch the replay


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