On a day Buster Posey was honored and received his 2010 National League Rookie of the Year award, his San Francisco Giants were stymied by Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.
One striking feature to the lineup (aside from the fact that Posey, on his day, did not play, making way for Matt Whiteside’s first action of the season) was that leadoff man Andres Torres did not play after he was taken out of Saturday night’s game. He injured his Achilles tendon while running down a line drive.
I tend to agree with callers on Marty Lurie’s show following the game on KNBR that maybe Nate Schierholtz should be given the opportunity to play every day AND lead off until Torres returns, or perhaps until Cody Ross returns.
The Giants (4-5) host the Dodgers, who took three of four from the Giants on Opening Weekend in Los Angeles.
The Seattle Mariners (2-7) are a mess. A moribund mess. They have now lost seven straight games, having not won since April 2. The unfortunate thing is that we could see it coming. The team has no real offense, although it did have back-to-back homers by Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders in today’s 6-4 loss to Cleveland. Unfortunately, the starting pitching, outside of Felix Hernandez, and spots of brightness here and there from the other starters (Jason Vargas, Doug Fister, Eric Bedard and Michael Pineda), isn’t going to be enough to cover the offensive deficiency… and it shouldn’t have to be.
Hernandez has his third start on Monday at home against Toronto.