Saturday’s game thoughts
Betancourt got caught stealing, part of McLaren’s cunning plan to have all his players who can run run all time. Whatever, managers always say they want to run more and work on the fundamentals like situational hitting in spring training. As long as he’s not Hargroving it and having Ibanez thrown out at third by 88 feet stretching doubles, it’s not important.
Zito got shelled. I remember the days when getting Zito was critical, the key piece of the M’s future success. Yeah.
Bedard got shelled, too. Three home runs — woooowww. That’s a lot. I don’t think there’s any call to get hysterical any more than, say, Ichiro’s 0-whatever start, and yet… how about a concerned wince? (Dave says nope – it doesn’t matter at all)
Morrow’s out for a couple days with dead-arm, which sucks. If they’re dead set on stalling his possible career as a starter because the temptation to use him to shore up the bullpen is so irresistible, it’d be nice if he could contribute there. I shudder to think what dregs they might reach for if they think they need “a right-handed set-up man”.
The Giants lineup is astoundingly crappy. That is just an awful offense without Bonds in it. When you’re batting Randy Winn 3rd and a Molina, any Molina, 4th, something’s gone horribly wrong with your offseason. Sure, Dave Roberts was in the other split-squad game, but ugh.
I wonder where Reed’s going to end up if (when) he gets cut.