Oh how a winning streak can can change things. The San Francisco Giants have won eight of their last 10 games and look like contenders once again.
Just a couple of weeks ago we were writing articles on if the San Francisco Giants should be sellers at the trade deadline. But with the way they are playing now, you have to start wondering if it’s time to make a move to win now.
We are all patiently waiting for the return of Madison Bumgarner, as well as Hunter Pence. But should the San Francisco Giants consider making a small move to patchwork things until those guys return?
You look at a team like the Atlanta Braves who lost their best player in Freddie Freeman. They immediately made a move to get James Loney, and then another move to get Matt Adams.
Neither of those guys are Freeman, but they’re serviceable players that can help the Braves contend until Freeman returns.
It’s hard to imagine the San Francisco Giants making a move to replace one of their starting pitchers, but I think they should. None of their current starting pitchers have an ERA under four.
After a strong start to the season, Matt Cain has fallen off a bit, and Matt Moore’s inconsistency is becoming very frustrating. If the Giants can find someone on the cheap to replace one of those guys, I think they should pull the trigger.
I think Ty Blach has proven that he belongs in the starting rotation, which means Cain could be the odd man out. I really think at this point in his career Cain is more valuable out of the bullpen.
I’m not saying the San Francisco Giants need to give up the farm for a frontline starting pitcher, but if they want to contend they need someone that is going to give them a chance to win every time they take the mound. While Cain and Moore have shown flashes of doing so, they aren’t doing it consistently enough for my liking.
If they can get someone like Jason Vargas or Derrick Holland for cheap off teams that aren’t contending, I think that allows the Giants to keep this train rolling.
Plus, don’t think for a second that the San Francisco Giants won’t have another starting pitcher go down this year. The added depth to the pitching staff is much needed.
I’m sure there are other starting pitchers available, those are just two that are off to good starts and are veterans. I think either of those pitchers could help the San Francisco Giants continue their hot streak and make sure they sustain that level of play.