It’s panic time. Stop it, there’s no time for Joe Panik jokes. Or Joe Panik, according to Tuesday night’s lineup.
The Giants have scored six runs in the last six games, all losses. The Dodgers are picking up steam, and probably Jon Lester. That is, unless the A’s get Lester. In that case the Dodgers would probably end up with Cole Hamels, David Price or Cliff Lee. During the postgame wrap after losing 3-1 to Pittsburgh, Jon Miller expressed fear that fans would turn on the broadcasters due to the team’s shoddy play, and Dave Flemming said he almost quit Twitter over the weekend.
It wasn’t that long ago that both men danced to “Gangnam Style” at Civic Center. Now it’s come to this.
Today the Giants sent Adam Duvall to Fresno, admitted for the fourth time in two years that Tony Abreu isn’t the answer, and brought up Juan Perez and Travis Ishikawa to improve their offense. In other words, they ordered a double cheeseburger, large fries, chicken fingers and a diet cola and told everyone they were dieting. The only transaction that could better express the Kardashianesque shallowness of this farm system would involve bringing back Fred Lewis, John Bowker and Eugenio Velez.
Buster Posey had three singles on Tuesday. The rest of the team combined for three hits and 13 strikeouts. Can’t score, can’t win at home. Can’t score at home, can’t win. That’s a bummer combination, whether you’re talking about sports or real life.
The feelings that follow a drubbing like tonight’s can only lead Brian Sabean to one of two conclusions. Either it’s time to get some real help, NOW (as in, before first pitch on Wednesday) … or it’s time to sell-sell-sell.
They weren’t sellers when they had a five-game losing streak and trailed the Dodgers by 11 games on July 31. They’re only three games back now, they just traded for Jake Peavy, and they’ll average 41,000 fans per game the rest of the way. They aren’t going to unload Pablo Sandoval, Tim Hudson, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez or Santiago Casilla now. Unless, for the very first time, the executive committee orders Sabean to acquire as many minor league position players as possible in the next few days.
There’s a better chance we see Brett Pill coming through that door tomorrow. No, really. If Ishikawa can strike out to end a game on July 29, 2014,Pill could return at any time in the next five years and it wouldn’t surprise anyone.
Even if Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan are back in the lineup by next week, the Giants still need a second baseman (at least Dan Uggla didn’t make any errors tonight) and another outfielder.
So when you hear about Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Denorfia bumping into each other in the Giants clubhouse tomorrow, or Asdrubal Cabrera placing an order with Joe Day for a customized scooter, just know that it came from a late night of Sabean working the phones. Because as upset as the season ticket-holders, KNBR callers, normal fans, announcers, players, coaches and manager are about this recent stretch of cadaverous baseball, the general manager is even angrier tonight.