While Phil Cuzzi cost the Giants a win yesterday so did Bork and Sabean. The Giants had no one to pinch hit for Whiteside in the 10th to improve their matchups because the bench was down to Schierholz. Whiteside looked like a backup catcher and couldn't get anything done. The Giants insistence on carrying 13 pitchers boarders on insane given several factors: 1. They have very good starting pitching that should be able to work deep in to ballgames and has thus far, especially in the second half. 2. Bork loves to make unnecessary defensive/pinch running replacements throughout the game. 3. Their offense is of the grind it out variety and needs to manufacture runs and exploit matchups.
The Giants starting pitching is supposed to be of the awesome variety and while at times this year it's only been above average it's still very good, especially when you replace Wellemeyer with Bumgarner who has been Matt Cain-esque thus far (Great pitching, poor run support.) Currently the Giants rank 4th in the major leagues in innings pitched by their starters and one of those teams (Mariners) has played 3 more games than the Giants. Currently, even with 2 months of Wellermeyer, Giants starters average about 6 1/3 innings per start. This should lead to less strain on the bullpen and subsequently the need for fewer arms, but only if your logic is logical.
Bork loves to make unnecessary defenfisive/pinch running substitutions. I won't re-hash another Whiteside moment in which he pinch-ran for Posey, but why start Pat Burrell if you're going to take him out in the 5th or 6th inning even during close games? While I don't think Borks propensity for pulling Burrell early is the worst thing in the world, the Giants should recognize that it is part of his managerial style and adjust the roster accordingly. Not all of this is Bork's fault though, the Giants have a good number of slow runners and often the smart thing to do is to pinch run for them, once again this requires a deeper bench unless they want to put pitchers in to run the basepaths.
Lastly, the Giants offense only needs to be average for them to win games, but sometimes it's less than average, which means that they need to be able to exploit match-ups via lefty-righty or righty-lefty or need to pinch hit someone to get a bunt down, make contact, hit a flyball, etc. This obviously requires a deeper bench, which is a luxury that a good starting rotation should be able to provide.
From my perspective it seems so obvious that the Giants should send down a pitcher to add depth to their bench that it borders on the insane. In fact, I think the argument could even be made that they would be better suited to only carry 11 pitchers. So why can't the FO/Bork see this?
Talk amongst yourselves.
Oh yeah, forgot to mention this originally, but since the Dodgers series starts today, may I be the first today to say that Russell Martin may indeed suck it, and Vin Scully can suck it too.