Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's May, Let's Review the 2008 Giants

Looking at the numbers, and the numbers do not lie, as we enter the sixth week of the 2008 major league baseball season this may be what Giants' fans should become accustomed to seeing from the orange and black.

Currently the Giants have three players with at least 4 home runs. As expected, Benjito Molina and Aaron Rowand are leading the way with a surprise, up until now, John Bowker. Veteran Richie Aurilia and young Freddie Lewis are at 3, with mound stud Matt Cain all alone with 2.

Seven players have double-digit RBI's. Molina-20, Rowand-16, Jose Castillo-14, Randy Winn-13, Bowker-12, Aurilia-11 and Lewis-10.

Seven players have scored a double-digit number of runs. Fred Lewis-22, Castillo, Winn-16, Rowand-15, Eugenio "Cheesy Cheetah" Velez and Bengie Molina- 11, Emmanuel Burriss -10. (Ray Durham is at 9 runs scored.)

Seven (7) players have at least 4 stolen bases. Cheesy Velez-8, Winn-6, Lewis-5, Ray Durham, Emmanuel Burriss-4 (Brian Bocock and Rajai Davis also had 4. Davis is now with the Oakland A's and Bocock in Fresno, so he could add to his total later in the season.)

So far the 17W 23-L Giants have been a pleasant surprise. And as you can see by the numbers they are getting contributions from many players. It's lucky sevens so far, from the 2008 San Francisco Giants/Gigantes.

News and Notes********************

On May 12, 2008, in the San Diego Padres game they replaced starter Randy Wolf with Sean Henn. Not a good combination, right? Yes, you'd be right. Wolf was credited with allowing 7 runs while Henn allowed 5.

This day in history...(May 14) On this day in 1994, pitcher Paul Shuey struck out 4 batters in an inning, the first rookie to this in American League history. (It was Shuey's second game in the majors.)

Paul Kenneth Shuey, born in Lima, Ohio, was a first-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 1992 amateur draft. He was the second overall pick.

He also has the dubious distinction of being the only pitcher in American League history to have allowed the thirtieth (30) run to score in a game when his pitch was grooved into Ramon Vasquez' sweet spot for a home run on August 22, 2007.

Kevin Marquez