Apparently the Giants’ problems are all mental:
“Are we this bad? No,” manager Bruce Bochy said, attempting to answer the central question about his team. “But right now we are.”
And the first thing the Giants need to do to get better?
“What you start with as much as anything,” he said, “is how we take the field. You’re going to have to get pissed off.”
Catcher Bengie Molina heartily concurred, saying, “It depends on whether we’re going to go out there and fight for nine innings, or play the game for one inning and that’s it. I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with this team, but we need to bring more intensity.”
I don’t know that a guy like Pablo Sandoval is capable of intensity, and I’m not sure that Fred Lewis, Emmanuel Burriss, Edgar Renteria or Barry Zito would be any better intense than they are lackadaisical (if indeed they are that).
I’ve hated on the Giants more than many a blogger in the past couple of years, but I was cautiously optimistic that their rotation would at least make them respectable in 2009. So far the rotation is 1-6 with a 7.42 ERA. Tim Lincecum is going to improve and Randy Johnson can’t get worse, but man, have they dug a hole for themselves.
UPDATE: Maybe Lincecum won’t improve. At least not immediately. Hope he’s OK, of course.