When does Bruce Bochy know when a struggling player needs a day to clear his head? "When a hitter tells me he's pressing, or I get word that it's probably time to give him a day."
Before the Giants' loss on Sunday, Bruce Bochy said that Brandon Belt would be in the lineup on Monday in Colorado. That is not the case.Rewind: Bochy says he's sticking with Belt What to watch for
Barry Zito will try to prevent the Giants from falling to 0-4 for the time since 1950. The good news -- he is 5-2 with a 2.60 ERA and .208 opponent's average in 17 games 15 starts career vs. the Rockies.
The Giants have reason for optimism because second baseman Freddy Sanchez took infield and looked noticeably better while making throws, including double-play pivots.
The Giants committed three errors Sunday in Arizona, where Bruce Bochy's club gave up a 6-0 lead to start the year on the wrong end of a sweep.More: Baggs' Instant Replay Postgame videos
While the 46 million left on his contract is certainly a factor, the Giants have no choice but to keep Barry Zito in their starting rotation mostly because they don't have serviceable options to replace their high-priced lefty.
Bruce Bochy might have had Belt on a yo-yo string all last season, but he plans to give the gifted left-handed hitter plenty of rope this year.More: Giants lineup -- Blanco in, Pagan out
Sergio Romo struck out 70 batters and walked five last season, so when it comes to throwing strikes, youd figure he would be tough to impress. But Romo loves everything about Dan Otero.
For all the talk about this retooled lineup and its ability to start fast, its the top of the Giants' vaunted rotation that is stumbling at the outset.
It scored four runs in the season opener. Bruce Bochy didn't feel the need to make changes to the Giants lineup.More: D'backs 5, Giants 4 Extra Baggs Giants video
Tim Lincecum allowed five runs in 5.1 innings Friday. However, the Diamondbacks' players and coaches alike were impressed with his stuff.More: Lincecum struggles Photo gallery Posey felt normal
Buster Posey made a critical error. He grounded out with the tying run in scoring position to end the game. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Most importantly, he felt great in his first game back since May 25.
Tim Lincecum wasn't at his best, giving up five runs, including two home runs, in five and a third innings of work as the Giants fall to the Diamondbacks 5-4 in their regular season opener.
Freddie Sanchez will take infield with the Giants on Saturday and will take part in an extended spring game Monday, while Ryan Vogelsong threw 81 pitches for Triple-A Fresno on Thursday night.