In short, the guy who put together a 1.9 fWAR half-season and who single-handedly sparked San Francisco’s lineup en route to their World Series victory is long gone. In place is just Marco Scutaro, a guy who is at the tail end of his career and still good enough to contribute, but not the table-setter that the team has been using him as.
That’s perhaps never been more apparent this season than in August, where the 37-year-old may be literally feeling the weight of the team’s unfulfilled expectations.
- Thom Tsang, Rant Sports
The A.J. Jenkins experiment had run its course. They tried coddling him, yelling at him, supporting him, calling him out and nothing worked. After all of it, he regressed. No matter how hard they tried, they weren’t going to get 20 catches out of him this season.
Jenkins also seemed to be unprepared. He might have gotten to the point where he was hating football and his 49ers’ experience. When that happens, he’s not going to put in the extra time to become a better player.
- Kevin Lynch, San Francisco Chronicle
Sonny Gray too easily made quick work of the Mariners, and then the bullpen too easily let them forge a comeback on Tuesday night at the O.co Coliseum.
Oakland’s 7-4 defeat was a disheartening one, no doubt, particularly because of the way Gray pitched. But mostly because of the way it was lost.
- Jane Lee, MLB.com