The bullpen. Oooohhhh, the bullpen.
They're still dead to me.
Matt Cain was at his effectively wild best again last night, but it was all for naught as Jack Texaco and Vinnie Exxon decided it would be best to throw gasoline on a small brush fire.
Taschner, in particular, didn't have anything. He had been pitching pretty well on the season, but I can't say that I am "comfortable" with him in a set-up role. Then again, I'm not "comfortable" with anybody in the bullpen at the moment, so he was par for the course, if you will.
I know the stats show that the bullpen has been pretty good, with the exception of last night and the debacle in Colorado a couple of weeks ago, but I don't think many Giants fans have faith in those guys yet. There aren't any true shut-down arms in the group, and that is bound to catch up to the team as the season progresses.
Cain, on the other hand, continues to befuddle opponents. He wasn't particularly sharp last night, allowing 4 walks in 6 innings, but teams just can't hit him. In his last four games, he has allowed 1 hit, 3 hits, 2 hits and 1 hit. Incredible run.
Cain's numbers: 35 innings, 12 hits, 6 runs, 17 walks, 23 strikeouts, 1.54 ERA.
Oh, and that Bonds guy is pretty damned good too: .362 avg, .519 obp, .828 slg. With each game he looks more and more like the 2004 Bonds. He'll undoubtedly get a rest today, along with Bengie Molina and Dave Roberts. His impact on the lineup is, well, it goes without saying.
Speaking of today, Tim Lincecum pitches against Colorado Springs today in Fresno. More on him tomorrow.