Got offense? A familiar concern continues to permeate throughout this young season, as the Giants lack of offensive support reached 6 consecutive games, with their 4-1 loss last night at the hands of the Rockies. The Giants have now scored just 8 runs in 6 games as their losing streak reached 5 games.
With a lineup that featured three starters on the bench (Buster Posey getting a day off, Hunter Pence still on the DL with a broken arm, Casey McGehee still recovering from a leg bruise), you figured this probably wasn’t going to be the game for an offensive break through. Sure enough, Tim Hudson was the hard luck pitcher again, taking the loss despite another quality start (7 innings pitched, 3 runs allowed). After two starts, the Giants have scored 0 runs in 13 ⅓ innings with Huddy on the mound. And so, Hudson’s line after two starts stands at 0-1, 2.03 ERA.
Nori Aoki continued to provide a glimmer of hope for this offense, extending his career-best hitting streak to 17 games. Aoki who has started all 9 games, went 1-3 yesterday, but reached base three times. He’s batting .405 on the season with an on base percentage of .488 and has reached base 21 times. Pagan also contributed last night, going 3 for 4 with three singles and is now batting .333. Despite knocking just 6 hits, the team’s biggest struggle continues to be hitting with runners in scoring position. Last night, another 0-7 result in those situations, mirroring the previous game, as the Giants stranded 9 runners in total.
So is it time to panic? Hardly. With 153 games left on the schedule, there’s plenty of time to put it all together. As stated above, the Giants are in familiar territory, as we’ve been having this conversation about the lack of offensive firepower for five years running. Again, the last five years turned out pretty well with THREE World Championships. Yes, once again, this team is built to win with pitching and defense. And so far, the pitching and defense has been up to Giants’ standards with an ERA of 3.60. The team’s ERA during their 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Championship seasons? 3.36, 3.68, 3.50 respectively. This offensive lineup is as good as any Giants offense over the past five years, when everyone is healthy and contributing. The question for Brian Sabean – do they have enough depth on the bench to sustain the inevitable injuries that will surface along the way, especially with stronger competition this year in the NL West? Again, Sabean has been here before and knows what it takes. This is the best coaching staff and front office in baseball.
The Freak takes the mound tonight for the G-men, looking to continue to prove that he’s the best #5 starter in baseball, hoping to build off of his excellent performance against the Padres in his first start. Let the torture continue…