San Francisco Giants: Offensive Numbers are Gross
By Jake Mastroianni
The San Francisco Giants are in the midst of one of the worst offensive years in a very long time as they’re near the bottom in nearly every category.
We all know it’s been a bad season for the San Francisco Giants, but it’s even uglier looking at the stats.
They are 13th in the National League in runs scored with 271 in 73 games. That’s an average of 3.7 runs per game.
That means our pitching staff can’t give up more than 3 runs a game or we’re probably going to lose.
Last year the Giants averaged 4.4 runs per game, which still isn’t great. By comparison, the Colorado Rockies are averaging 5.3 runs a game this year.
The San Francisco Giants are 12th in the National League in batting average. They are hitting just .241 in 2,492 at-bats. And that’s with Buster Posey hitting .241 this year.
In 2016 the Giants were fourth in the National League with a .258 batting average.
It’s the supporting cast that is to blame this year. Posey, Eduardo Nunez, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik are hitting a combined .291 (267/915).
Where the San Francisco Giants are really struggling this year is in the power department. They are last in the entire league with a slugging percentage of .369.
They are last in the league in home runs with 59. The next lowest total is Pittsburgh with 68.
They were bottom five in both of those categories last year, but it’s even worse in 2017.
The biggest drop off from last year to this year is the on-base-percentage.
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In 2016 the San Francisco Giants were fourth in the National League with an on-base-percentage of .329.
However, this year they are 14th in the National League with an on-base-percentage of .302.
They are barely getting on base 30 percent of the time.
Mix that with the fact that they’re aren’t getting home runs to score in bunches, and it’s easy to see why this offense is so terrible.
They are having to rely on multiple hits in an inning, and that’s just not happening.
It was obvious in the draft that the Giants are hoping to bring more power into the organization. However, those top guys drafted won’t be ready for at least four years.
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If the San Francisco Giants are going to be a better offensive team in 2017, they have to start getting more power bats in the lineup.