Giants lack consistency, pitching to make up for holes in bats

May 4, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt, left, hits an RBI single as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, and home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt watch during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By Jeremy Harness

It’s no mystery that the Giants are severely lacking in the offensive department, but that has not stopped them from winning three World Series in a five-year span.

However, they can’t pitch, either, and that is making things awfully tough on this team to make any kind of statement that they are ready to bounce back from some early adversity.

The stats don’t lie. The Giants currently rank 21st in the majors in team batting average and are also 29th in runs scored. To make things troubling, they are also 23rd in team ERA and have given up the ninth-most home runs in the game as well.

When you add all of this up, the end result is a 11-18 record through Thursday and a place in the National League West cellar. Not exactly what one would expect to see from a ballclub that hopes to contend come October.

The most damning stat is this: The Giants are tied with the Oakland Athletics in having the worst run differential in the game, clearly indicating that they lack the offense as well as the pitching and defense to be able to get it done right now.

The Giants, however, have overcome bad starts in the past as well as endured prolonged bad stretches in order to come away with a world title in the fall (the 2010 season, for instance).

But what is clearly going against the Giants this time is that the mainstay players are getting older and the starting pitching has been largely ineffective at this point.

They have a chance to start turning things around this weekend as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds, who have a 14-14 record and right in the middle of the pack in the National League Central, and are also riding a two-game win streak.

Matt Cain, who will take the ball in Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo, has been pretty consistent over the course of the season. He overcame a lackluster opening start of the year, during which he gave up four earned runs but came away with a no-decision, to surrender only four earned runs in his previous five starts combined en route to a 2-0 record and a 2.30 ERA.



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