June is not trending in the right direction (at all). My hope was that the Giants could get to .500 by July 1, and as of right now, they will need to go 15-2 to get there. Probably not happening.
Here’s the rundown of the next 3 weeks and what it would take to turn this around:
- Sweep the Royals (28-39)
- Take 3 of 4 in Colorado (31-40)
- Sweep the Braves (35-40)
- Take 2 of 3 from the Mets (37-41)
- Sweep the Rockies (40-41)
- Beat the Pirates (41-41)
No problem, right? =)
The Giants exploded for 13 runs yesterday (finally) behind an unusual lineup, but here is what I would like to see for the next 3 weeks (at least):
- Nunez 3B (let the man lead off!)
- Panik 2B (Joe is someone to watch closely the rest of the season…who is the real Joe Panik and what can the Giants expect from him moving forward?)
- Posey C (should be hitting in the 3 hole from now until the skills really fade, years down the road)
- Belt 1B (his all or nothing approach plays best in the cleanup spot)
- Pence RF (looks like he might be getting it going which means this is right where you’d want him)
- Crawford SS (I know he’s been one of the most reliable bats of the last 2+years, but any lineup where he’s hitting above the 6 spot is going to struggle over the long haul)
- Slater LF (let the dude play…if not Mac, let it be Austin, and let it be for a while)
- Span CF (my hope is that he gets shipped out in July)
MLBTradeRumors put out some interesting info on the Giants yesterday. Here are some thoughts:
There are essentially two kinds of trades the Giants can/should make. One is trading veteran guys away to open up spots for younger players to get time. A classic example of this would be trading Eduardo Nunez so that Christian Arroyo and/or Jae-gyun Hwang can play the last two months at the major league level to show what they got.
The other trade is cashing in whatever valuable assets the Giants may have to restock the shelves. There’s not a lot of options here, outside of a blockbuster involving players named Buster or Brandon (not going to happen).
The two that are most interesting to me: Mark Melancon and Jeff Samardzija. Now, both have 3 years to go on hefty contracts, and both have trade clauses (Melancon has a full no-trade clause), but these are the two options that could fetch something interesting in return.
Melancon, in particular, would have to give thought to waiving that clause to go back to Washington, right? That team is a closer away from being the most dominant team in the game (yes, even more than the Cubs and Astros), so you know they are going to be willing to pay.
Wouldn’t the Cubs prefer Samardzija to John Lackey? The Indians would take him over a few their own guys I’m sure.
We’re starting to get to the point where these things need to be considered.
A small silver lining: MadBum might return sooner than later!