- Signing Aaron Rowand made sense! Contract - 5 years, $60 million. Here's his stat line so far: 48 G, .331 BA, .445 OBP, 30 RBI, 21 R, 7 HR, 14 2B. Not too shabby so far.
- Signing Barry Zito didn't make sense! Contract - 7 years, $126 million. Here's his stat line so far: 1-8, 51.0 IP, 5.65 ERA, 64 hits, 28 walks (1.80 WHIP for you fantasy nerds - me), 27 K's. But hold on, let's look a bit deeper. In his last 4 starts, he's gone at least 5 innings or more and given up 3 ER or less. He's 1-2 in these games. Why? Cause the Giants stink. They don't score runs for him. They don't score runs for anyone, for that matter (28th out of 30 teams). Barry's ranked 118 out of 130 in run support in he majors, of pitchers with at least 40 IP. It's gotta be tough going out there every 5th day knowing your team scores 3.18 runs per game for you, especially when you have the weight of the 2nd richest contract for a pitcher on your shoulders and you also just plain stink. Not hurting his chances with the ladies, though...
Chipper Jones is hitting .418, still. He named his kid Shea cause he hits well there. Sound like a guy who sold his soul to the devil for hitting ability to you? Cause it sure does to me. Apparently, he also likes to fish.
- Howard Watch: 75 K's through 54 games. On Pace for 224 K's. Yikes.