It was bound to happen. Sergio Romo has under 50 IP of MLB experience, and I imagine we will get some rocky outings now and again. 18 hits in 13 innings is a little scary, but he also has 17 strikeouts. Reminds me of a certain young, mercurial starting pitcher--just keep saying "upside" over and over again.
I want to throw out a trade name. We could use help at 1B, 2B, SS and the OF. If we had real hitters there instead of below-average production, we would likely win more games. What if Milwaukee wanted to part with Ryan Braun? I don't know if they want to, but they might, and I'm going to imagine they need pitching in return. According to FanGraphs, Braun is worth 3.2 WAR already this season. That's about where they have Pablo Sandoval ranked. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are rated at 5.5 and 2.1 respectively. Jonathan Sanchez comes in at 1.0. Braun would be a good fit in LF, and would give our lineup one hell of a bat. If I'm Milwaukee's GM, I'd want equivalent value (or at least potential value) in return. Do we dangle Sanchez, Valdez and Alderson and see if they'll bite? Would you, if you were in Milwaukee? Are the Giants that close? Would one big hitter push us over the top?
Here's a little backgorund on WAR. It is the 21st century, buckos, we can't talk about baseball without some sabermetrics. Get used to it.