SF Giants: 3 trends that have been concerning through the first month
3. The managing
I realize some of the moves made are analytics-based. I also realize there are times when a move has to be made.
It also makes sense that early in the season teams have to manage their arms. With all that being said, Gabe Kapler has some room to improve as a skipper.
One of those areas he has to get better is letting starting pitchers go longer. The main reasons for this are it gives the bullpen less of a chance to blow the game and it shows the starter that the team has some confidence in them. The bottom line is a starter going five or fewer innings doesn’t do any favors to the bullpen as the season goes on. It doesn’t make sense when you realize that the starters are far from a weakness for the club as well.
Another thing that would be encouraged is to play some small ball from time to time and manufacture some runs. With the larger bases and players capable of swiping bags, there’s no reason to not do this. This team won’t hit multiple home runs every game and the offense is going to go on cold spells as well. Manufacturing runs are a must.
At the end of the day, all I want is a well-rounded team that can adjust based on the situation of the game.