This is so ridiculous that I’m emerging from my study cave (it’s the week right before finals for me) to list today’s lineup against Pittsburgh:
I cannot for the life of me imagine what sort of justification Bruce Bochy has for this lineup. You’d think Bochy would hit Sandoval eighth because he’s in a slump, but that doesn’t explain why he’s hitting Burrell sixth after he’s hit .218/.311/.361 in his last 576 plate appearances. Nor does it make sense to have Burrell hit in front of Posey, who has done quite well thus far. When it comes down to it, Bochy’s put two of his best hitters in the 7 and 8 slots. And he’s putting the punchless Bengie Molina in the cleanup slot, despite the fact that Bengie has not hit been very efficient at driving runners on base…in other words, Bochy is giving Bengie a chance- despite the fact that he’s not producing- and not Pablo. This is where his affinity for veterans becomes apparent.
I just don’t get it. Not only is the offense looking quite poor, but the defense- with Burrell in left, and Huff in right- is horrendous. One of my fears was that the Giants would sign Burrell only to play him every day. Granted, this is his first game with the Giants- but I simply cannot understand why he’s being thrown into the mix so quickly.
It’ll be interesting to see what his reasoning is.