Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Of course, Sabean obviously didn't construct this team in the stathead vein, as evidenced by his doling out weird contracts to Mike Matheny and Omar Vizquel. Still, it's interesting to see guys like Vizquel, Ray Durham, J.T. Snow, Edgardo Alfonso, and Moises Alou demonstrate that you don't have to have a whole lot of power to have a good offense if you can just get on base. Heck, even Pedro Feliz, regarded by many as a hopeless case for finding his plate discipline, is on pace to obliterate his career high in walks.
Of course, at the other end of the spectrum, there's that pitching. The pitching staff is like the hideous Black Tom Cassidy, scheming to bring his cousin Banshee (the offense) down (boy, is that an obscure reference). The Giants pitching represents pretty much everything sabermetrics dread, comprising a group of low strikeout soft tossers and a bullpen that is about as dysfunctional as Mama's Family. The team's pitching staff is next to last in the NL in K/BB ratio, dead last in K/9, and 12th in WHIP. Regardless of your baseball philosophy, that's pretty crummy.