Giants first baseman J.T. Snow, as quoted by the Sacramento Bee’s Nick Peters.

“Frankly, I don’t think Barry will be back this season, and you can quote me on that,” first baseman J.T. Snow said prior to the Giants’ 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. “It’s not based on any information, just a gut feeling. … I’m always realistic. He has to play a position, and it’s going to be tough.

“But our first-half (record) is not about Barry. We’re second in the National League in batting. It’s pitching, and I don’t remember Barry ever taking the mound.”

Asked if Bonds’ absence has had an effect on the Giants’ abysmal 37-50 record at the break, Sabean replied: “It’s possible. I can’t quantify that, but it’s possible. It’s obvious we’re challenged by right-handed pitching.”

Not only does Snow possess a keen baseball brain — how naive of the rest of us to presume that losing the game’s greatest offensive force had anything to do with SF sucking? — but he and Peters can also take credit for rendering Pedro Gomez obsolete.