San Francisco Giants preview: Don’t throw in the towel just yet for the Giants?

June 29, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

AP File Photo San Francisco Giants’ Johnny Cueto against the New York Mets during a baseball game in San Francisco will start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday June 30th at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, date of photo Saturday, June 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Jeremy Harness

It’s almost as if the Giants are telling us not to be so quick to call 2017 a lost season.

That’s because just as they were playing as bad a brand of baseball as they have all season – and it has been pretty bad, mind you – they showed a flash of greatness that has not been seen at all this year.

On Wednesday, the Giants finished off a three-game sweep of the National League West-leading Colorado Rockies, which marked the first time they have swept a team in a series this season.

Prior to that series, the Giants had lost 14 of their past 16 games, losing in every way imaginable.

With that in mind, they still have a very long way to go if they hope to turn this season completely around. The Giants are still stuck in last place in the NL West with a 30-51 record, which puts them four games behind the San Diego Padres, who are plenty used to occupying the division cellar.

The Giants will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a three-game series that starts Friday night at PNC Park.

Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.20 ERA) will go head-to-head with Pittsburgh righty Gerrit Cole (6-6, 4.11 ERA) in the series opener.

Cueto has dropped five of his last six decisions, but he is coming off a solid outing last Friday against the Mets, during which the only run he gave up was a solo home run to Wilmer Flores, while his teammates’ bats went unsurprisingly quiet.

Cole, on the other hand, enters Friday’s matchup on a roll. He has gotten victories in each of his three starts and winning four of his last five. In the three-start win streak, he has given up only a single run in each of those starts, getting wins over Colorado, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

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