Writing about Jonathan Sanchez is like writing an episode of "Scooby Doo." You type, type, type, and then you look up and say, "Wait, you mean you want me to end this thing with them pulling a ghost costume off the villain again?" Same thing with Sanchez. You want me to put some sort of spin on a guy who can't find the strike zone at all, yet still finds a way to wriggle out of almost every single jam?
Sanchez still walked five. He's still just about the most unwatchable pitcher in the majors. But every other team has a problem in the rotation. If the big problem with the Giants' rotation is that one of the pitchers isn't as aesthetically pleasing, though, I guess that's a pretty minor complaint.
Of course, it's totally and completely unlikely that Sanchez will remain efficient while he's walking almost a batter per inning. Either he needs to figure out the wonkies, or he's in for a hard fall. While we were hanging around in the offseason, hoping that Sanchez would find the magic Mark Langston taffy, he was actively plotting he was going to get worse.
- So we're seeing the real Brandon Crawford, who is a guy who isn't going to hit much better than Miguel Tejada, but who will field much better. He's still the better player right now, and I'm starting to think that Bochy knows it, even with Tejada's bat showing a little life. The defensive gap is just too great.
- Schierholtz's bloop to give the Giants the lead was nice, but his walk was even better. I think if he gets regular at-bats, his walks will increase from "no" to "some." Just a guess.
- That's how a bullpen is supposed to work. When an opposing manager puts his two best left-handed hitters back-to-back against the Giants, he de-Bochys the Giants' options with the bullpen. Lopez comes in to make Votto and Bruce look bad, and Romo gets to face Rolen. Perfect.
- Chris Stewart is almost certainly better than Eli Whiteside.
- If the Giants didn't draw at least three walks off Volquez, I think I might have skipped the next game to clear my head. They did okay. They didn't abuse Volquez like the rest of the NL, but they didn't embarrass themselves like they did with Mike Leake, either.
A series tie after yesterday is nothing but good news. I would have preferred a series loss with a healthy Freddy Sanchez, but that's just nitpicking a giant freaking nit.