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San Francisco Giants: Closer Look at Offense and Pitching After Two Weeks

Jake Mastroianni
Apr 12, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view of AT&T Park as the Arizona Diamond Backs warm up prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view of AT&T Park as the Arizona Diamond Backs warm up prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 2, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants (from left) third baseman Eduardo Nunez , shortstop Brandon Crawford , first baseman Brandon Belt and second baseman Joe Panik against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants (from left) third baseman Eduardo Nunez , shortstop Brandon Crawford , first baseman Brandon Belt and second baseman Joe Panik against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Offense 

It certainly didn’t help that Posey was hit in the head on Monday and missed the rest of the week, but the offense certainly took a hit in week two.

They averaged just 3.6 runs per game in their seven games last week. They scored four runs or less in five of those games.

The Giants dropped to seventh in the National League in runs scored, and ninth in average.

Other than Brandon Belt, everyone on the infield is hitting the ball really well. And in the outfield, Hunter Pence is the only one hitting the ball.

Eduardo Nunez leads the team with a .313 batting average, but he has one less hit than Pence who has 17.

Despite his low average, Belt leads the team in runs with nine, home runs with three and is second on the team with 7 RBI.

Brandon Crawford is also off to a very good start hitting .298 with 9 runs, 2 home runs and a team-high 8 RBI.

The Giants hit .241 (15-of-62) with runners in scoring position (RISP) last week, but they failed to get a hit with RISP in three games last week. In two games they only had one chance to get a hit with a RISP.

There is a huge void in this lineup when Posey is absent. I wish that weren’t the case, but it is what it is. This team needs to learn to score without Posey.

I think Bruce Bochy needs to do some tweaking in the lineup — even when Posey comes back — to give this offense a better opportunity to score runs.

We could also use some support from the bottom of the lineup, and I believe the timely hitting will come.

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