Monday, March 2, 2009

How the Giants offense is better, Part 2

After 6 games this spring, the Giants are showing some life offensively. You have to look hard to find it, but if you look just right, it's there. The 2-4 record is misleading, but then again, isn't all of spring training? The guys who have the most to gain, seem to be playing the hardest. Second base is wide open, and only because all three vying for it are playing superb. Ishikawa appears to be putting his stamp on first, and Pablo is holding his own at third. As a matter of fact, the only ones really struggling right now are the Returning Vets. There is a breakdown here on what I'm refering to in this...

Returning Vets- Rowand, Molina, Roberts, Aurilia, & Winn-
Combined, they are 7-43, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 Runs, with a line of .162/.217/.302/.519
Given that Randy Winn is still ofer the season, this will improve. Also, the chance Dave Roberts makes the squad at all gets slimmer by the pitch, and even if he does, he will be useless, so his total AB's will probably be negated. Also to note, Rowand, Winn, and Molina are all very experienced and professional, and there isn't a single expert out there who expects them to have a worse year than last season so we can expect improvements overall here.

Returning Kids- Lewis, Burriss, Velez, Bowker, & Holm-
Combined, they are 14-55, 1 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 9 Runs, with a line of .254/.280/.382/.662
Still not an imposing line, but only Lewis here really ought to see significant opening month action. Velez is playing his way into a key reserve role, but not likely to be a starter. Burriss is hitting terrific and making it very difficult to send him down, though I still see that as the only place for him barring an injury. Bowker is struggling, and his 2-13 makes this line look so much worse. The important thing to take from here is Lewis appears to be playing healthy and relatively pain free. Give him a month to get his confidence back in the foot and he'll be on fire.

New Additions- Frandsen, Ishikawa, Renteria, Uribe, Sandoval, & Schierholtz-
Combined, they are 22-69, 6 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 10 Runs, with a line of .319/.356/.580/.936
A very good looking line there. It is a very limited sampling, but still nice to see. Remeber, none of these players with the exception of Sandoval, had any significant role on this team last year, and he only played for 1.5 months. Last year, Fred Lewis led the team with an OBP of .791. Pablo but up .847 in 145 AB's, roughly 1/4 of a full season. These are the players to watch this spring, here is where we will see if the offense is drastically improved.
In this group consist of the starting 3B, SS, 2B, & 1B, as well as the fourth OF and a role player who could see significant time under Bruce Bochy. It's important to understand that there are no exceptions here. If Renteria can produce his career low numbers last year, it's still a better line by far than the combined Giants 2008 SS. Sandoval replaces Jose Castillo and Rich Aurilia, not that Richie can't hit, but Castillo was a butcher and took most of the PT. Frandsen looks like he finally gets his shot now that Durham is gone.
The bottom line is these players will see significant time on the field and all have the realistic potential to far out produce those they have succeeded.

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