It’s no secret that the San Francisco Giants are in the midst of a brutal slump. The club has only won three out of its last fifteen games. This includes dropping five straight series dating back to June 20th against the lowly Miami Marlins. The rotation has been in shambles all season and now the offense is struggling as well. Other than Buster Posey, the heart of the lineup has been miserable as of late. Hunter Pence is 3 for 42 in his past 11 games. Pablo Sandoval is in a similar boat, going 4 for 47 in his last 12 games. This sixteen-inning loss against the New York Mets perfectly encapsulates the team’s season thus far. Every time the Giants have had a chance to turn it around, they have faltered.
At first the Giants seemed destined to win in extras. Brandon Crawford began by singling off starter Matt Harvey in the 7th to tie the game up. The slick fielding shortstop’s heroics continued in the 11th, but this time on defense. With runners on second and third, Marlon Byrd fired a grounder that should have been the tie breaking single. Crawford proceeded to make a miraculous diving stop before getting the out with an absolute cannon of a throw. The Giants flirted with death and came out on top; now the team was fired up to close the game out.
Crawford’s fantastic play, both offensively and defensively, had kept the Giants in the game. The 16th inning saw this effort go to waste in bitter irony. It’s almost unbelievable that Crawford, of all players, committed the error to lose the game. With two outs he bobbled a grounder that allowed Eric Young Jr. to score from third.
This type of misfortune has plagued the Giants all season. Whether it’s blown leads late in games or an inability to get clutch hits, this year’s clubhouse just isn’t the same. It’s still early in the season and the Giants have the All-Star break to recuperate. When it comes down to it, however, the Giants just don’t look like a playoff deserving team. Last year’s walk off wins, extra inning victories, dominating pitching performances, and consistent clutch hits have disappeared. This Giants team looks lost on multiple fronts, lacking any semblance of a championship caliber team.
It’s difficult to say where the Giants are going to go as the season continues to progress. On one hand, they struggle on a very consistent basis. To make matters worse, there are gaping holes on offense, defense and in the rotation. On the other hand, the Giants have postseason and championship experience, which is an intangible quality like no other. The Giants desperately need the All-Star break to pick the pieces back up.