Baggs' post game wrap was basically a post road trip wrap, where Sabean took stock and laid blame. And his vet love oozes all over the page and then he names the primary culprits for the struggling Giants offense: the young players, all crudely lumped into a single mass of fail:
"It's not the at-bats vs. what they look like, and that teams have been successful getting him out," Sabean said of Frandsen, who hit .128 in 39 at-bats. "And we've seen the same thing from (Travis) Ishikawa and (Fred) Lewis and Schierholtz and (John) Bowker, who hasn't been nearly as comfortable as we thought he'd be. None of that has helped the situation."
Bowkermania never flowed through my veins, but his struggles are still a surprise. Yet it's a pretty small sample and is he really the problem? Are the young guys at fault?
The team batting average for the road trip was .218. How bad did the kids do? Ishikawa is my guy, so I'll pick him from the bunch to defend. He entered the road trip with a .269 average, and left the road trip with a .269 average (OBP and SLG did go down over the road trip, and AVG is a pretty hollow stat, but I have it available for me from the article). Similarly, Schierholtz maintained .295 average and hovered around OBP/SLG of 325/425 over the road trip. Not great numbers for either of them, but NOT THE PROBLEM (if the problem is a .218 AVG).
Of the vets, Winn stayed consitently classy but punchless (.711 OPS) and Fred Lewis should demand a trade to Colorado after his little revival there.
Who does Sabes want back? Rowand went 1 for 17 (Must of the suck coming before the bruise). Renteria just managed to maintain an AVG above 250, OBP above 300 and OPS over 620, flirting with lower numbers throughout the road trip. Molina ... well he still is making tons of outs.
Bowker, Downsie, Molina and Uribe can take a big part of the blame in my book for the dismal offense this road trip. Too many outs. Who do you blame (aside from that stupid purple dino or the other teams' talent)? Who is the whipping boy now? Who is the object of your scorn? Look back on the road trip and fill in the blank "Ah, sh**, ____ is up again. Guess I'll hit the can and grab a beer/nachos/soda/pop." Who is your blank? Who do you dump?