The San Francisco Giants are certainly on a role winning four in a row and their fifth straight series. But this recent run of success be real?
We all know the season has an ebb-and-flow to it filled with hot streaks and colds streaks. It’s the team that has more hot streaks that will ultimately make the postseason. And then it’s about being hot in October.
We all knew, or at least hoped, that the cold streak to start the season wouldn’t last, but can be sure that this current hot streak will?
The Giants currently rank 21st in the league in runs scored with a run differential of plus-1. They are also eighth in average and 16th in on-base-percentage.
If those numbers stay where they are I think we are looking at a .500 team, which in reality is what I believe the Giants are in the end.
Of course, in-season acquisitions and surprise developments for young players can obviously alter those expectations.
They have the 10th best ERA in the league at 3.72, and that’s without their best pitcher. Their batting average against ranks 12th.
The one concerning thing for the pitching staff is that they have the fourth fewest strikeouts in the league. That’s putting a lot of pressure on the defense, which is why it was such a big deal to upgrade defensively in the offseason.
The Giants have played a pretty difficult schedule to start the year; although the Dodgers aren’t even close to what anyone thought they would be.
Their best series win was probably at home against the Washington Nationals, but what they did in Atlanta this past weekend was impressive as well.
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Probably the biggest concern so far is that they’re 2-4 against the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
However, they are 10-7 this year against teams that have a winning record as of the morning of May 7.
The Giants schedule is pretty favorable over the next three series with four at Philadelphia, three in Pittsburgh and three at home against the Reds.
You would like to see them come out of that winning at least six-of-10.
And then I think we’ll really see what the Giants are made of at the end of May when they play seven against the Rockies, two against the Astros and three against the Cubs. Their last eight this month are on the road (Houston, Chicago and Colorado).
But back to the question at hand, is this success for real?
I think it is, but I also believe it’s going to come in spurts. This lineup is very good and deep, but there are going to be times when they go silent for a week and times when they go nuts like they did in Atlanta.
You just have to hope that your lineup and pitching is on at the same time for often than not. That is certainly the case for the Giants right now, and I think we see that more often than not throughout the season, making this current run of success for real.