Stop me if you’ve heard that before.
With a rain soaked Citi Field causing the Giants and Mets to reschedule for a double-header tomorrow, CSN’s Andrew Baggarly caught up with the Giants skipper to talk about the struggles of Brandon Crawford and Aubrey Huff, neither of which Bruce Bochy is ready to put out to pasture yet:
"“I was going to talk to Aubrey,” Bochy said. “He was swinging so well in the spring. I just see his timing off with his hands. There’s not a lot of movement there. I see a little different approach than I saw in the spring.“It just wasn’t a good day for Aubrey. But overall, the at-bats have been much better than last year.”"
Unlike Huff, Crawford does bring a defensive presence to the field (well, supposedly *commits error*) and also unlike Huff, the Giants don’t have any available replacement in waiting for Crawford unless you think Ryan Theriot can assume those duties – and if you do, I have a bridge for sale.
Even if Bochy refuses to remove Huff from the lineup, you have to wonder why he continually trots the struggling veteran out there in the 4th or 5th position in the batting order. Granted, the Giants don’t exactly have an overflowing of options to assume that role, but anything is better than Huff’s rally killing bat.
So if you were hoping Brandon Belt, who’s been playing very well as of late, would have those shackles removed in the near future – looks like you’ll need to double down.