It’s hard not to think someone out there doesn’t want the Giants to repeat as NL West champions, let alone NL or World Series champs.
Just when you think the Giants can’t run out a worse lineup than the one they’ve been rolling out the past couple of days, they do.
First, let’s recap the occupants in the Giants’ triage tent:
Carlos Beltan: The player who was supposed to be the offensive spark the Giants’ offense had been lacking has fizzled out. He’s currently on the 15-day disabled list with a sore hand. Beltran said his right-handed swing is close to game ready, but his left-hand side is not. He won’t consider batting right against right-handers. So it sounds as if the best hope for Giants fans is that Beltran is activated Tuesday when eligible, but only bats from the right side.
Sergio Romo: Romo went on the DL for elbow inflammation on Aug. 17. He won’t be eligible to return until Aug. 31.
Andres Torres: Torres went on the DL on Aug. 13. He won’t be eligible to return until late next week.
Brian Wilson: Wilson went to see Dr. James Andrews earlier this week to examine his sore elbow. Wilson just has elbow inflammation and likley won’t be available this weekend in Houston.
Jeff Keppinger: Keppinger hasn’t played since running into the Braves’ Freddie Freeman on Monday. His sore wrist is improving, but again he’s out of the lineup Friday vs. Houston.
Jonathan Sanchez: Sanchez left his start early on Tuesday with a sprained ankle. Sanchez is still expected to make his start Sunday in Houston. But Dan Runzler remains as a possible fill-in.
And now we can add Pablo Sandoval, Orlando Cabrera and Eli Whiteside to the list.
Whiteside likely will go on the 7-day concussion DL after still feeling effects after whacking his jaw into the ground on a headfirst slide in Atlanta. Rookie Hector Sanchez will get called up. Not a huge loss.
Sandoval was originally in the lineup Friday, but pulled with a shoulder injury. The injury affects his RH swing. He wanted to hit LH against the LHP Wandy Rodriguez on Friday, but Bruce Bochy said no. Should be back hitting LH on Saturday.
Orlando Cabrera has a strained groin and needed a day to rest. Miguel Tejada starts in his place.
So here’s Friday’s lineup. If you having a mid-afternoon snack, you best set it aside.
CF Aaron Rowand
3B Mark DeRosa
LF Cody Ross
RF Nate Schierholtz
1B Aubrey Huff
SS Miguel Tejada
C Chris Stewart
2B Mike Fontenot
P Ryan Vogelsong.
And the bench will consist of Sandoval (hurt), Cabrera (hurt), Keppinger (hurt), Brandon Belt and Hector Santos.
The absence of Belt from the lineup caused a stir on Twitter. But Belt generally sits against LH starters. He’s hitting .209 on the season, but is hitting .200 (4 for 20 with 0 HR and 0 RBI) against LH starters.
Rowand starting and batting leadoff with his .239/.281 average/OBP also doesn’t get folks fired up. But he is hitting .297 against LH pitching this season.
And in a statistical oddity, Huff is actually hitting left-handed pitching better than right-handers: .281 vs. .232.
But there’s not much positive to say about Mark DeRosa. This is his first start since May 18, when he started at 3B. But since he’s come off the DL early this month, DeRosa is 1 for 5, with the lone hit being a 27-bounce, seeing-eye single to center against the Braves on Tuesday. In fact, dating back to before DeRosa went on the DL in May, he is 1 for his last 28, with 1 walk.
In fact, prior today’s injury news, my blog post was going to be all about how the Giants need to release DeRosa. Guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to do that one.