The San Francisco Giants have been the worst team since the All-Star break. That’s not just me being cynical again, the numbers back it up. Since the All-Star break the Giants are 11-23, the worst record in the entirety of Major League Baseball. They are 27th in runs scored, 29th in home runs, 29th in OPS (On-Base % + Slugging %), and 22nd in WAR (Wins-Above-Replacement). So what do all these stats mean? According to Head Coach Bruce Bochy it’s just a hiccup and buzzard’s luck. There are 39 games left to play for the Giants and if the boys in orange and black want to keep the even year magic alive, they’re going to have to make some adjustments.
Bochy has been playing around a little bit with the lineup to see if something starts working. So far the only thing that I have noticed is that Joe Panik seems to be breaking out of his slump when he’s hits near the bottom of the lineup. I think it’s time to mix up the “speedy” guys in the lineup. With Angel Pagan’s bat as hot as it is, he is better served as the leadoff man, stick Nunez second and place Denard Span near the bottom with Panik to have his speed compliment that bottom half of the lineup. The core-four of: Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, and Hunter Pence (despite his struggles in the recent weeks) should remain in the middle of the lineup. Bochy could consider switching those core guys around and see if anything clicks.
The New Pitchers
Matt Moore and Will Smith.. These guys MUST step up their game if the Giants want to even MAKE the playoffs, much less get the World Series. Especially Matt Moore, he has to get his control under control. 17 walks in 23 innings is not the way that the Giants need him to be playing, it’s hard to argue that he needs to stop pitching around batters when Moore has been getting hit hard, especially in his most recent start against the New York Mets. 46.7% of batted balls were hit hard and 46.7% were hit medium. Only Moore’s start in Miami had soft batted balls over 7% (soft, medium, and hard hit balls are based on hang time, location, exit velocity, and trajectory.) Giants fans are starting to have flashbacks to the Barry Zito days, Moore almost has the same type of looping, 12-to-6 curveball. Moore’s is faster though. So that’s a plus!
Will Smith has had a very, very ugly and unlucky start to his tenure as part of the San Francisco Giants to put it nicely. I’ll throw down some mad-wicked-dank stats for you. His ERA is 9.53, and his opponents BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play) is .526 so that’s about 300 points above the league average so you can tell that either hitters are seeing the ball INCREDIBLY well off of Smith, or bad luck in his first six innings and hopefully that will change. My vote is on the latter because Smith also has 11.12 K/9.
The San Francisco Giants will break out of this awful slump and although they might not win the division, they will get into the playoffs as at least wildcard team and that worked out pretty well for them in 2014 if you’ll remember. So Giants fans — Channel your inner Steve Perry and Don’t Stop Believin’!