This was a historically bad series. This was the kind of series that you tell your kids about some day, like the shutout sweep of the Dodgers a couple years ago. Bullpens are kind of like a room of chimpanzees with a typewriter. Every so often they’ll bust out Shakespeare. Those are the good bullpens. The bad ones are when the chimps start throwing their feces at the walls. For much of the year, the bullpen has been producing Hamlet. It’s been beautiful. This series was poop on the walls.
Now that David Huff is gone, Juan Gutierrez is probably the most expendable part of the bullpen. He’s been a good find this year, and this was essentially his first bum outing. Hard throwing righties are a dime a dozen, though. If there’s a bullpen deal for another arm, Gutierrez is probably the one to go.
Of course, we’re probably not talking about Gutierrez if Javier Lopez strikes out Justin Morneau instead of giving up a two run double. Its hard to fault Lopez too, since that was the first hit he’s given up since June 1st. Those two runs were charged to Gutierrez, so he took the loss, but the blown save belongs to Lopez. This one was more of an “aw nuts” towards the bullpen than a string of various obscenities.
The real blame falls on the offense. It seemed like every inning they would put multiple runners on with less than two outs and they could only put up three runs on Juan Nicasio, who pitched like Brandon Belt would with his broken hand. Then Franklin Morales came in and had the same issues as Nicasio, and the Giants still could only score four runs off of him. The Rockies may have scored four runs, but the Giants should have had double that number by the 7th inning. Instead, the Rockies bullpen after Morales held the Giants to one hit in four innings.
This might have been one of the weirdest series I’ve ever seen. The Giants will be lucky to have a pair of off days this week to rest their tired arms since the bullpen is currently just a pool of orange goo. If there’s anything positive to take away from this series, and by extension this home stand, its that the Giants starters were pretty dang good, all things considered. And it says something about how well this team has played this year when it feels like the Dodgers are breathing down their necks, when they’re still six and a half games out. It’s still not panic time yet folks. Nooooooot yet.