I know what conventional wisdom says. CW says that the Giants will need to trade pitching in order to get position players in return. CW also says that Matt Morris (yes, please. Like, now, please) and Noah Lowry are the two most likely candidates to be traded.
That being said, if Sabean trades Noah Lowry at any point, I WILL change the name of this blog to "Brian Sabean is a Fucking Asshat." (sorry OZ, but that was necessary)
Lowry was his effectively wild best last night in a 4-3 win over St. Louis. 6 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, 5 K's, 92 pitches. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective, and isn't that the point?
Lowry's stats on the season are pretty good, even though he leads the league in walks. He leads the Giants in wins and ERA, which are both kind of important:
9-6, 3.35 ERA, 17 starts, 107.1 innings, 96 hits, 55 walks, 64 K's, .245 BAA.
With runners on, Lowry has a .199 BAA. Important because of the whole walk thing. He certainly has room for improvement, especially in his K/BB ratio, but he's a solid young arm that can be a fixture in this rotation for a long time. With each passing game he reminds me of a better version of Woody Rueter. Any true Giants fan knows how much Woody meant to the staff and the team. He wasn't the ace, but he was rock solid for the most part. Sure he would have the occasional blow up, 83-run first inning, but you knew going into a season that he would deliver close to 200 innings, have an ERA in the mid-3's, have 14-16 wins, and would keep you in most ball games. Lefties like that are hard to find (remember Shaun Estes? Allen Watson? Wayne Franklin?). And when they are home-grown and cheap, there is no good reason to trade them.
Unless you are a fucking asshat.