Whatta crazy game today!!! The Giants won earlier today by a score of 9-0 over Jair Jurrjens and the Braves. 9 Runs?! And 5 RBIs from Posey?!?! Posey is on Fire like an Exploding Fireworks Factory! So Awesome. We here at The Pitch & The Diamond would absolutely LOVE to sweep the Braves. Did you hear Jon & Dave say that only once in history have we taken a series from the Braves in Atlanta, and we've never swept? We think that's what we heard. Anyway, we'll know more about Hector's Sprained Knee tomorrow, but we agree with Pavlovic (pasted below) that Hector could use the 15-day DL to get some rest, as banged up as he is. Which means that we'll probably see Whiteside back in the dugout tomorrow or Thursday. So be it.
ALSO, didja hear that Jonathan Sanchez was designated for assignment by the Royals? He's 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts... ouch. Wait, does he have any minor league options left?! We doubt it, but that would be hilarious if we picked him up, and then he tore it up in Fresno for a month or two, and then he got called up for a spot start or some bullpen relief in August. Ha! Two for the price of... None!!
And yeah, Melky's worth about 37.5 Jonathan Sanchez's right now at the going exchange rate. So no worries there. Yup. Heck of a trade, Sabean. Heck of a trade.
Anyway, here's an excerpt from the blog post on the SJ Mercury news blog, which you can read by clicking here. Interesting stuff from Alex Pavlovic:
Hard to imagine the Giants would leave Hector Sanchez on the active roster if he feels any pain in the morning.
To be clear, we don’t know the severity of the sprain yet, but if Sanchez has to go on the disabled list, the obvious option is Eli Whiteside. He missed out on making the team in the spring and has played 47 games for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Whiteside is hitting .241 with a homer and 11 doubles, but has been better of late, posting a .313 average and .405 on-base percentage in his last 10 games. Plus, he knows the pitching staff.
(I don’t think Tommy Joseph would get much consideration. He has a very, very bright future, but just turned 21. He’s best served by playing every day.)
In an odd sort of way, Sanchez probably could really use a 15-day break. He took another serious foul ball off the mask on Saturday and was as banged-up as any Giant at the end of the first half. I think trainers have come out to check on him more than the other 24 Giants combined. It took nearly a month for Sanchez’s left leg to fully heal after he fouled two straight pitches off of it earlier this season. He’s a tough dude, but if he’s not able to go tomorrow, it’s likely the Giants will give him a couple weeks to heal, especially since they’re in the midst of a tough road trip.