Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jonathan Sanchez Disappointing as the San Francisco Giants Head Home

Jonathan Sanchez has walked 12 batters in his last two starts and the San Francisco Giants could not sweep the New York Mets at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon.

It will be a much-needed homestand spanning seven days for the Giants, in which they will see NL West rivals Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks take the field at AT&T Park.

This was not the most successful roadtrip for the Giants. They finished the trip with a record of 5-5, and saw Pablo Sandoval go down with injury, while encountering two rather disappointing outings from starter Jonathan Sanchez.

Giants' analyst Mychael Urban summed it up best when he commented after the game that Sanchez just "wasn't making adjustments," and that pitching coach Dave Righetti must be wondering "how to get through to this guy."

Sanchez surrendered five runs on five hits through five innings, including walking another six batters on Thursday.

That outing followed up his start on April 30th, where he only let up one run on two hits through five innings, but walked six batters in the process. Sanchez's record was 1-1 on the roadtrip.

There are obvious mechanical problems with Sanchez at this point, as can be seen with the surplus in walks. Rest assured, Righetti will be working very hard with him before his next scheduled start in order to fix what currently ails Sanchez.

It seems like the Giants just need a home-cooked meal right now. At 15-16 on the year, this homestand against two NL West opponents seems like as good a time as any to get back on track.

One good thing that came from this roadtrip that seemed to last forever was the resurgence of Mike Fontenot, who has seemingly replaced injured Pablo Sandoval in the line-up and on the field at shortstop.

Fontenot has bat .350 in his last six games with seven hits and a homerun. Looking at he Giants' offense over this last week, it would be safe to say that Fontenot was the only source of offense.

Matt Cain will be on the hill on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies in what will prove to be an early season test for the Giants as they look to rebound from a very disappointing roadtrip in all aspects.

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