Issue: Offensive on defense
Analysis: Much has been made after the first month of the season of the sloppy glove work seen in San Francisco, mainly because it wasn’t expected to be a problem.
When the season started, you figured, in order:
Catcher: Buster Posey. Above average with the leather, right?
First base: Brandon Belt. Way above average by all accounts.
Second base: Manny Burriss or Ryan Theriot. Average at worst, with Burriss more than a hair better than the much-older Theriot. The weakest defensive link.
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford. Above average. Again, way.
Third base: Pablo Sandoval. Average at worst. Based on last season, perhaps even above average.
Left field: Melky Cabrera. Average.
Center field: Angel Pagan. Average at worst. Based on conversations I’ve had with personnel folks, slightly above average.
Right field: Nate Schierholtz. Way above average.
Granted, the lineup detailed above wasn’t a lock to be Bruce Bochy’s everyday deal. But it’s a reasonable facsimile, and it’s a pretty darned good defense. Even better with the return of Freddy Sanchez, whenever that might come.
So what the hell is going on?
It’s called baseball.
It’s an unpredictable game. It’s difficult to explain. In fact, it defies explanation at times. But it’s also cyclical, and eventually things come around and make a modicum of sense.
Thus, any serious concern regarding the Giants’ defense is a bit of a reach, despite what we’ve seen. The start of the season is always magnified, and when it’s all said and done it will all even out.
The Giants can D up. And they will. Soon. Trust that.
Now, about that hitting ...