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I’m Back

Not that anyone noticed that I was gone, but I’m back.  I’ll post some thoughts in a little bit.

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Welcome to my blog

My name is Joe, I am a 21 year old lifelong Giants fan that hasn’t missed a game since April of 2005, but will posting my thoughts on not just the Giants but various baseball topics.
I guess with my first post I will talk about how the Giants have done so far this year.  Tommorrow will be the final day of the Giants homestand, and right now, it’s a much better feeling that it was at the end of the last homestand.  After the Giants lost two out of three to the Padres, they capped off the homestand getting swept by the lowly Dodgers, going 1-5 to start the season.  After losing two out of three at San Diego, the Giants have since been on a role, winning 6 of the last seven and winning the first four games thus far of this five game homestand.
It’s no coincidence that once Bonds got going (which I’ll give my full opinion on him in a near future post), so did the team.  Now that he’s fully healthy after last year in which he was not fully recovered and had bone chips floating in his hand last year, he is once again regaining his status as the best in the game.  Right now he is leading the National League with a 1.240 OPS, and while he still trails A Rod and Jim Thome for the MLB lead, he will likely be ahead of those two by the end of the month.  After struggling for the first week and a half, he broke out with a two home run game last Friday in his former stomping grounds of Pittsburgh, and has been on a tear ever since.  Not coincidentally, the Giants have gone 6-1 during that timeframe.
Another bright spot, which was somewhat expected, is the starting pitching.  Despite being winless so far thanks to low run support and the bullpen blowing his 3-0 lead on Tuesday in Colorado (although the way the Giants have bounced back and have won four straight is a good sign of them not basically quitting after things go wrong like the last couple of years), Matt Cain has emerged as the ace he has been destined to be.  Zito, after a rough first couple starts (the second one was painful in which he gave up 8 runs in 6th inning), has broken out of his annual slow start ahead of time.  He has always pitched poorly in April but would make up for it over the next five months.
Look at his stats after four starts in recent years:
2006: 1-2, 5.48 ERA
2005: 0-3, 6.94 ERA
2004: 2-2, 6.26 ERA
2003: 3-1, 3.00 ERA
2002: 0-1, 4.37 ERA (he would later go on to win the Cy Young that year).
So after all that was said about his disappointing first two starts, his 2-2, 3.70 ERA is a better start than any of the last five years with the exception of 2003.
Noah Lowry and Matt Morris have both had promising starts, and Russ Ortiz has provided to be an adequate spotfiller until Tim Lincecum is ready.
How about Rich Aurilia?  He may not be putting up the power numbers he did in 2001, but he is looking the best he’s been since then.  It’s no coincidence that this is the first time since then he’s primarily batted in front of Barry.   Ray Durham has been very solid, as he always is when he’s healthy, and Bengie Molina has been pretty good offensively for a catcher.  The offense has been doing better and better, and will get even better, as even though Richie will cool off, Omar Vizquel and Dave Roberts will come around.  Wish I could say the same for Pedro Feliz and Randy Winn.
If the Giants actually had a bullpen, they’d probably take the division this year.  Just imagine if the Giants still had farm system products like Joe Nathan, David Aardsma, Jeremy Accardo, and Scott Linebrink, all of which were basically given away for nothing, currently tearing it up, while the Giants bullpen is in shambles.
The Giants are better than people give them credit for, but no way a playoff team unless they can somehow turn their bullpen around.  And since Sabean has no clue as to what he’s doing, the only thing we can hope for is that Benitez and co. can get it together, which is highly unlikely.
Regardless, my support will still be there no matter what.
GO GIANTS!