Apparently, GM Brian Sabean had some words about Brandon Belt. Yeah, this early in the season.
“Its not so much what the outcome is statistically, as much as the approach … You want the quality at-bat, you want something that’s put into play hard and with authority, or take your walk … I think he’s a little bit in between right now knowing he’s made the ballclub, there is more confidence in him because we do feel he’s ready, but you still have to perform to stay in the lineup.”
First of all, uh, wrong form of “its” there. Second, can we talk about how the Giants have only played four games this season and Belt has only had ten at-bats? Because that’s the definition of small sample size right there. I don’t know if Sabean is on the same planet here, but that’s a little too quick to judge, I gotta say.
And maybe he’ll, I don’t know, perform if he STAYS in the line up for MORE THAN TEN AT-BATS.
Oh, but this part. This part’s good:
You want the quality at-bat, you want something that’s put into play hard and with authority, or take your walk
Which is something you can tell in four games where the only game they’ve won is one where Barry Zito threw a complete game shut out and it’s only been four games so this is totally the norm for how the Giants are going to be this season. Totally.
Good ol’ Sabes had some words about Brett Pill, too:
Pill is an accomplished hitter from the standpoint he has a lot of minor-league at-bats
Sure he had a .218 ISO and a 9.4% K% in Fresno. His second year there, by the by. Y’know, repeating AAA at the age of 26. Putting up numbers like that.
Not like the Pacific Coast League and Chuckchansi Park has been a place where hitters can dominate — especially at Chukchansi Park because of the dry, desert air.
Let’s ignore the fact that those numbers were from his second year there and there’s a good chance that he adjusted to the league and it would be a massive fail if he didn’t hit for good numbers. Yeah, let’s just do that.
accomplished hitter from the standpoint he has a lot of minor-league at-bats
BUT TIM LINCECUM ONLY PITCHED 62.2 INNINGS IN THE MINORS! Not to mention that he only struck out 104 batters during his time down on the farm. Does that mean that Timmy isn’t an accomplished pitcher from the standpoint he doesn’t have a lot of minor league innings logged? Do they have to take away his two Cy Young awards now?
In all honesty, Brian Sabean sounds like an enraged KNBR caller who has had a little too much to drink at the Corona Beach Club and is reacting badly to the 1-3 record the Giants have to start the season.
And when the GM of the team you root for sounds like an enraged KNBR caller, things don’t really look too good.