SF Giants Problem #5: Questionable managing
When the season began, everyone knew Gabe Kapler had big shoes to fill after Bruce Bochy decided it was time to hang it up last season.
But man, Kapler has been worse than expected. He’s made plenty of moves that just make you scratch your head and ponder what exactly he’s doing.
Sure, he doesn’t exactly have the best tools in the toolshed, but many good managers find a way to do more with less. While the record may be slightly better than many thought it would be, the team has far underachieved their performance on the field.
Even if the team isn’t necessarily suited to win games, it doesn’t mean a manager can’t push a team over the hump. Kapler has done that only once all season while costing the team chances at wins on multiple occasions.
Even though the jury is still out on Kapler and probably will be until after the 2021 season, it’s already evident that he will cost the Giants more games than he’ll help them win.
The three pillars of baseball are pitching, fielding, and hitting. The Giants are doing none well. Yes, on paper, the team lacks a lot of talent, but the team’s mistakes aren’t just physical. Plenty of mental errors have come with them. That blame ultimately falls on the manager.