Minus their ace, SF has plenty of issues
The most pressing and more recent bit of bad news to hit the Giants was ace Madison Bumgarner's left shoulder injury sustained doing non-baseball activities (riding dirt bikes in the Colorado mountains to be exact) and expected to keep him out until roughly the all-star break. I've heard time-table ranges from 8-10 weeks in the very best case scenario, up to 16-24 weeks. The rough part is that it's his pitching shoulder so my guess would be something closer to the ladder. Essentially, there's a 50/50 chance we may not see MadBum take the hill again in '17 but I'm gonna hold out hope. This, aside from maybe losing Posey for an extended period of time, was the very last guy the Giants wanted to see hit the DL, and the scary thing is, the injury involves his left shoulder. I'm not trying to be a downer or look at the glass half-empty, but I don't think the Giants can really count on much from their left moving forward, at least for the foreseeable future. He's gonna miss at least a month before he can start even tossing a ball again (if things go well), then will have to build up his strength, then face hitters, then go on an assignment in the minors until he's finally ready to rejoin the staff. I'd be very happy if he came back strong and ready to go, even if we have to wait until after the all-star break.
The Giants are not winning any tittles without MadBum (unless they strike lightening in a bottle with Ty Blach or make some miraculous trade for another ace which just doesn't seem likely), so if they need to sacrifice 12-15 weeks in order to get him back to 100% and on the field for the stretch run then so be it.
Aside from the horrible Madison Bumgarner news we received just a couple days ago, the happenings on the field aren't making that pill any easier to swallow. The team has now sunk to 6-13 and aside from MadBum's rough situation, the second most pressing issue is the left field play. I know, surprise, surprise. right. We here at this site mentioned this multiple times in the winter how there were options out there in the Giants price range who would have been upgrades to guys like Parker, Marrero, Hernandez etc... but I don't want to beat a dead horse. I was hoping Melvin Upton would come in and provide depth or at least a spark but he went down with a torn ligament in his hand this week, likely ending his brief stay in the Giants organization. The other name down in the minors who is making his way back and probably would have won a job out of spring had he not gotten hurt is big Mikey Morse. Now back and supposedly healthy, he's in Sacramento and a good week could put himself up on the big club getting regular looks in left. In fact, if he hits two big flies in a game down up in Sac, it would'nt surprise me to see him swap places with Chris Marrero the next day. That's how bad the Giants need offense.
I just don't think the Giants are ready to make a deal of any kind quite yet, whether it be another starter or someone to solidify left. I mean, if MadBum needs to end up missing 4 months, they could use this year as more of a "see what you got" season and assess some of their younger guys. It's really hard to mail in a season like that with a payroll the Giants have and the expectations the fans have grown to demand, so I don't think we'd get there unless they really run into some bad luck.
Are the Giants as bad as they've shown to start the year (6-13)? No, I don't think they are. However, I also don't think they're much better than a .500 team with the roster they have. Without MadBum, the rotation is still decent enough to win, but far from the strength they were, leaving the lineup needing to pick up the slack
Now, don't run for the hills yet, or switch over into full football mode with the NFL Draft coming up this weekend. After all, we're not even 1/9 of the way through the season, and the Giants will hit a streak and get back in the mix. They still stand just 5 games back of first in the West and there still have been some positives. Brandon Crawford is hitting, Eduardo Nunez is flying around the field, Buster Posey looks ready to break out at any time and Joe Panik is starting to get more steady back into his game. The team is just still missing that one real big bat that can change the out scape of a game with a big homer at any given time. Pence and Posey used to be those guys but they just aren't, at least not yet this season. I was hoping this was the year Belt's power would really be on display but he's looked like typical Belt so far. Some power, just enough to tease you, but then he'll strike out 3 times the next day and go into a mini slump.
The Giants team has been an enigma to say the least, but something will give and I'm guessing sooner than later. I hope like heck they don't need to become sellers this season because I just don't think they have that many shots at ring with the core of those six mainstays: Bum, Craw, Belt, Posey, Pence and Panik. Now there will be plenty of trade options out there should Bobby Evans feel he's just a player away from righting the ship, but I think this team needs multiple new bodies. Obviously a LF'er, and preferably another starter, now especially with Bum shelved for months, and I still think they could use some more experience in middle/late relief. I know it's April 23rd and we're 3 weeks into the year but the Giants need help and it's quite apparent which areas they need help in. If they don't get some sort of help and these guys in tow don't pull a 180 by June, then it could be sellers time for the first time in nearly a decade in San Francisco come mid-summer.
Extras: I wrote this articled extremely late after a long day of work, so if there are any grammatical mistakes or stupid spelling errors, please forgive me. I will proof read it Monday morning but I just wanted to get some things off my chest after they got shut out in Colorado of all places on Sunday night... Mired in a sea of bad play and losing baseball, changes will be on the horizon though. Hot prospect and the teams best hitting prospect, Christian Arroyo, has been slaying it at AAA Sacramento and there are plenty of Giants fans begging for his promotion and for him to take over at third then move Nunez to left to lengthen the lineup. I'd be all for that if things don't shape up here in the next week or so and Aaroyo keeps raking. Other than that, we'll just have to sit tight and hope things turnaround. The Bumgarner issue was just such a tough one to take in though because he's the face of this team and it's tough to see them doing much if he's sidelined for a huge amount of time.. Well, I think you guys get the point; things aren't going well, things need to improve, reinforcements may be on the way and of course, we won't be seeing their best pitcher any time soon.
Ahh, what a time to be a Giants fan (sigh)!