San Francisco Giants Offense Off to Scary Slow Start

By Jake Mastroianni
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run off the first pitch thrown by Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run off the first pitch thrown by Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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If you look past the two big wins the San Francisco Giants had against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, you realize how terrible the offense was.

Granted, they were facing the team that is the favorite to represent the National League in the World Series again, and they have a strong pitching staff. But scoring two runs in four games is downright embarrassing.

Especially when you consider those two runs came from solo home runs by Joe Panik.

Keep in mind this is one series of baseball and four games, but these offensive numbers are laughable. The Giants hit .192 against the Dodgers, which actually doesn’t rank last, and had a .239 on-base-percentage.

They struck out 34 times against Dodgers pitching and walked just eight times.

Newcomers to the lineup, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, combined to go 1-for-31 over the weekend with Cutch having the lone hit.

The Dodgers are first in all of baseball through the opening weekend with a 0.50 staff ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

It’s not the Giants didn’t have chances against the Dodgers pitching staff. They had 28 at-bats over the weekend with runners in scoring position, but had just one hit in those situations. They left 30 runners on base during the four-game series.

The bad thing is that we beat the Dodgers two best starters, even if we only scored one run against them. But then we lost to their third and fourth starters who are really just mediocre in my opinion.

We were sold on the believe that this year’s offense would be different. That we wouldn’t have to rely on the home run to win games, which is exactly what happened in our two wins.

I was hoping this offense would be more consistent in manufacturing runs.

Again, I know it’s just four games, and it’s four games against a really good team, but you can’t help but look back on this series and think, ‘here we go again.’

Next: San Francisco Giants: How do they keep failing to score?

The San Francisco Giants are off on Monday but will have their home opener on Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. But then they face the Dodgers again this weekend. We’ll see how quickly this offense is able to adjust.

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