It is 30 hours until the trade deadline.
The Giants are not in it.
After the greatest regular season in team history last year, in which we were absurdly lucky, the team has fallen back to earth, and regressed to the mean. The balls that bounced our way last year, are slipping through our fingers this year. The very average manager Gabe Kapler, is average once again, no longer Manager of the Year.
The Giants beat the Cubs over the weekend to finally pull themselves back up to .500. (51 – 51)
We have used way more players than ever before and, since picking up Joc Pederson just before the season started, have committed to no one. The Giants have been a loose-knit team of dozens of different guys wearing Giants gear. This system is flawed. It is apparent to anyone who has watched the games – the Giants suck.
Who is our lineup for the stretch? The guys who would take us to the playoffs, to a wildcard?
Joc Pederson, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, Thairo Estrada, Mike Yastrzemski, Louis Gonzalez, Darin Ruf, Austin Slater, Tommy La Stella, La Monte Wade, Jr., Curt Casali, Joey Bart, Dixon Machado, Carlos Rodon, Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Alex Wood and a bullpen of misfits.
I am disappointed in the Farhan Zaidi Era.
We coalesced all the baseball power and created a singular new position, President and Director of Baseball Operations, and hired Farhan Zaidi. It has been four years. Mr. Zaidi was allowed to hire his own GM, and he picked Scott Harris. He was allowed to pick his manager and he hired Gabe Kapler.
What we know about Mr. Zaidi at the trade deadline is, that he is capable of swift surgical moves. He picked up Kris Bryant and Tony Watson at the last possible second last year. Farhan Zaidi can make things happen quickly, and does.
But this situation is a nightmare. We have no team.
We need a big bat, a serious bat, like Kyle Schwarber or Freddie Freeman. We also need a closer. A legit late innings shut-down reliever. How can we find these between now and 5pm on Tuesday? The answer is we won’t. Instead the Giants have become SELLERS.
Argh it’s enraging.