I am still trying to wrap my head around this, as are other Giants fans, who have called the Giants' pickup of Brad Penny "one of the all-time meh moves. The fact of the matter is, even the heavily-publicized duo of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain gets you at most one incremental win through a five-man rotation when you've got Joe Martinez in the fifth slot (
his no-hitter notwithstanding my bad, thanks HLACK).
Besides the obvious anticipation of getting to play Penny on the Giants, the point is, our issues trying to figure out the back end of our starting rotation (if not Vicente Padilla or Charlie Haeger or Jon Garland) are common to everyone else, too. And unlike the Giants, we don't need to have the fifth starter win every game from here on out, with a 5.5 game lead going into the final month.
I also have to post a sweet photo montage from Big League Stew, who used the accompanying article to address Penny's ballooning weight issue (which has tended to eclipse all other descriptions of Penny (literally)). Guess Kung Fu Panda had better make sure he's first in line at the post-game spread, for now on.