The San Francisco Giants are very, very efficient with the runs they score. Every single run they’ve scored has been crucial to their two wins.
All two of those runs got two wins against the Dodgers. Talk about efficiency, you cant do better than that. But all jokes aside, the Giants offense is really bad right now– like historically bad. But they just might be starting to show signs of life.
After shutting out the Dodgers the first two games of the season, Giants fans did not think much of the lack of offense because of the two exciting shut-outs of the dreaded Dodgers. The Giants would be shut-out in back-to-back games to conclude their LA trip, and then all of the sudden the world was ending.
Andrew McCutchen, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Austin Jackson and almost everyone not named Joe Panik was ice-cold at the plate.
Fast forward to the home opener and it just got worse (at first).
After Ty Blach imploded and the Giants found themselves in a big hole, Joe Panik hit ANOTHER solo homer to right to give the Giants their third run of the season. You just couldnt make that up, it was too funny. But it’s a laughing at your own pain type of funny.
After a few more scoreless, weak offensive innings, the Giants were able to manufacture more runs.
Evan Longoria, who has been miserable at the plate these first four games, breaks out of his slump with a two-run homer to left. A non-Joe Panik named player has driven in a run for the Giants, and I couldn’t have picked a better person to do it. After all the heat Evan Longoria has been getting, this definitely shut a few people up.
Believe it or not, the Giants tripled their number of players with at least one RBI this season, all in one game.
After the Longoria two-run homer, Austin Jackson hit a sac-fly to score another run.
What was encouraging about the second half of this game was that towards the end, hits were falling and balls were being hit to places outside of the infield.
The offense actually looked like it knew how to hit. The Giants ended up losing 6-4, but hey, they doubled their season run total all in one game, so that has to be a positive.
Whats been so frustrating about the Giants bats thus far is that so many of their key hitters are struggling so much. They aren’t even putting good wood on the ball, almost everything they hit is a weak ground ball to an infielder.
The middle of the order that was supposed to be much improved and actually score a good amount of runs, has looked alarmingly bad (to some fans).
Those of us who are sane sports fans know that its only been five games, and that extremely decorated and successful players such as Buster Posey, Evan Longoria, and Andrew McCutchen will absolutely, 100 percent break out of this funk. Some people don’t seem to grasp that concept.
If you are one of those people who are actually worried about the teams offensive capabilities, then just take a deep breath and as Aaron Rodgers once said, “R.E.L.A.X”.
The offense is taking awhile to get rolling, and its been miserable to watch, but i can sleep easy at night because i know it will get rolling eventually.