Game one of 162 didn’t go as hoped for the San Francisco Giants and its fans, so we look at some early overreactions from their 6-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Everything looked gravy for the San Francisco Giants early in game one of the season. Madison Bumgarner was cruising and crushing home runs, and the Giants had a 3-0 lead.
It looked like the Giants were going to breeze through game one to an easy win. Then the Diamondbacks got to Bumgarner for three runs to tie it up, and that was a little awkward.
But then Bumgarner answered himself with his second home run of the day. That gave the Giants the lead again, and things settled down.
However, the bullpen then blew two different leads sending Giants fans everywhere into a frenzy.
Let’s look at couple of overreactions from game one:
- Derek Law is trash: Oh how people quickly forget. In a season (2016) where the Giants bullpen was terrible, Law may have been the best relief pitcher. He had a 2.13 ERA in 61 games with a WHIP of 0.964. In his first game of 2017 he gives up 3 hits and a run without getting an out and people are ready to get rid of him. Calm yourselves, Derek Law will be fine.
- The bullpen is doomed: On that same note, people are already giving up on the Giants bullpen. This is a legitimate concern, and we all knew that coming into the season, but to give up on the bullpen after one game is a huge overreaction. Give this bullpen time to gel and I think they put together a very good year — or at least better than last year.
- Same old Giants: Some Giants fans are already worried that the 2017 team is no different than the 2016 team. May I remind you that the 2016 team gave the Chicago Cubs all they could handle in four games – except for game two — so that team wasn’t terrible. But to judge this year’s team after one game is a clear overreaction.
Overreactions are going to happen after one game, it’s part of being a fan. I also don’t blame San Francisco Giants fans who were angry and making extreme overreactions after one game, that’s part of being a fan.
Plus, it was a very emotional game. Losing a lead on three different occasions in one game is a lot for a fan to handle.
We’re all fans here and have the right to our own opinions and overreactions.
However, hopefully after a little time to calm down Giants fans will come back down to Earth and realize they need to give this team a little more time — or at least more than one game — to make a fair assessment of this team.
I love San Francisco Giants fans because of their passion, and we certainly love the feedback on Twitter (@RoundTheFoghorn), but let’s all take a chill pill and get ready for game two.