Thursday, May 20, 2010

Who will be the 5th man in Giants starting rotation?

I see bicyclists refusing to stop at the octagonal signs and stop lights. I see them riding in the crosswalk and just zig zagging along (sometime with newspaper taxis in the area) and nothing is done by those driving the newspaper taxis to enforce the rules of the road while these bike riders are operating their training-wheel less bicycles.

How many of these bike riders have insurance? How many think Todd Wellemeyer has run out of opportunities to be the 5th starter? How many care?

Currently on the Fresno Grizzlies, Madison Bumgarner has a 3-1 record with an Earned Run Average of 3.64 in 8 starts. He has a complete game and a shutout. In 42 innings pitched Madison has 32 K's and 13 walks allowed. Then there is Eric Hacker. He has a won/loss record of 7-1 and an ERA of 2.20. In 45 innings he has 38 strikeouts and 12 bases on balls allowed.

Maybe Denny Bautista, currently in the Giants' bullpen gets the nod as he swaps the reliever role for starter with Toad, uh, Todd Wellemeyer?

With most eyes on the 5th starter role you still have to be wary of the every day lineup. Now that Freddy Sanchez has been inserted back into the lineup it would be good to see what he can do once some of the spring training rust has been allowed to "fall off."

Manager Bruce Bochy will have to make out the lineups that keep everybody fresh and those "hot" hitters at least luke warm. Now is when Bochy's skills come into play. I know Bochy isn't playing the game but his job is to put those in (the game) that give the team the best chance to win.

No time like the present.

(newspaper taxis was a way police cars were described in Beatle song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.)

Kevin Marquez