I'm sure this means something, but I don't know what it is. I do know, however, that it makes for some frustrating baseball to watch/listen to, and I wish that the respective managers/GM's of these two teams are thinking of some way to solve it. It's looking to be a long season to be a fan of these two teams.
Points of similar frustration:
- The Giants allowed 8 walks, the Brewers none. The Royals allowed 7 walks, the White Sox one.
- The Giants offense could only collect 5 hits, with one of them coming via the unlikely source of Kirk Rueter. The Royals, with the help of the DH, put together 4 hits.
- Both Rueter and Runelvys Hernandez battled trying to keep their team in the game, but through six full innings of play each starter's respective team had scored one run in support of their starter's efforts. Abyssmal.
- The Giants actually hit for power, with 4 of their 5 hits being for extra bases (3 doubles, 1 triple). But it goes to show you how important walks can be, because after not drawing a single walk in the game, the Giants had nobody to drive in with those extra base hits. The Giants lone run was scored on a ground out.
- Ditto the Royals, with their two runs being scored on a sacrifice fly and a ground out, respectively. So both teams weren't driving anyone in, per se.
- The Giants have been held to three (3) runs or less 6 times in their 16 games, while the Royals have pulled this dubious feat off 10 of their 17 games. Sounds like a bit of a difference, until one sees that the Royals did not have the Colorado Rockies on their schedule.
- Both teams just happen to have the teams with the best record in their leagues in the same division as they are, with the Giants having the Los Angeles Dodgers winning at a .750 clip in the NL West, and the Royals having the White Sox winning at a .765 pace.
Being honest, Allard Baird, GM of the Royals, probably isn't looking to do anything drastic to change the direction his team is facing -- the Royals poor start should have been generally expected, and Baird really doesn't have any players within reach to help his team in any significant way.
Brian Sabean, on the other hand, does have some reinforcements on the way...or, perhaps he doesn't. When the heck is Barry Bonds due to start swinging a bat again? In any case, with attendance already down quite a bit, unless he knows something the rest of us don't, Sabean needs to be working the phones to try and get some offensive help. Sure, Moises Alou is back, but does anyone really have the feeling that this will change anything significantly? None of us have yet to see M. Alou do anything positive in a Giants uniform, and as I stated on Thursday, the players the Giants have had in right field, Michael Tucker and Jason Ellison, have done well enough with the bat to this point that Alou would have to hit the cover off of the ball to add any offense to the right field position.
Somebody give me a pep talk or Pepto. I may need both.