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San Francisco Giants: No More Excuses During Crucial Stretch

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants waits on deck in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants waits on deck in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants have suffered an annoying amount of injuries this year. It seems like once someone comes back, someone else hits the D.L. However, it’s no longer a valid excuse. Time to put up, or shut up.

I’m tired of the excuses. “Oh they’re injured, give them a break. They’re doing the best they can.” That was valid until Madison Bumgarner returned to the team. The rotation was starting to look nice. Mad-Bum came back, and then the bats just stopped working. But for some reason, the excuses were still flowing. With Brandon Belt on the D.L. because of appendicitis, too many fans, and even some beat writers pointed to Brandon Belt’s absence from the lineup as a problem. That’s something I have a severe problem with.

WITHOUT Brandon Belt in the lineup, their lineup still possessed: Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Evan Longoria, Joe Panik, and a piping hot Brandon Crawford. I know Brandon Belt has been a huge part of the offensive breakout this year, but give me a break. There are three MVP awards, and 10 Silver Slugger awards between that group of five players. The inability to put runs across, especially against a lackluster Dodgers and Marlins squad last week, was absolutely pathetic.

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They got good pitching performances in mostly every single game they lost, and the offense just couldn’t put up a crooked number, despite having multiple at bats, in multiple innings, in one game against the Marlins. From then on it just carried over through the rest of the series, and into the series against the Dodgers. It’s frustrating. I don’t normally like writing out of frustration, but here we are.

It’s absolutely time to get serious for the San Francisco Giants. We’re halfway through June, and they’re closer to last place in the division than they are first place. Reality check! These guys have to start stepping up. It’s no longer acceptable for McCutchen to be hitting .266. It’s no longer acceptable for Buster Posey’s slugging percentage to be under .450. It’s no longer accept…

Ok…I’m done complaining. But please. PLEASE. No more excuses.

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There are 90 games left. The Dodgers are back above .500 and in contention, and the DiamondBacks have been a whole lot better. The Giants have to clean house this week. They need to start keeping up. The Padres and Marlins are two teams that- if this Giants team is actually the contender they believe they are, should take care of.

So, it’s time to get going. No more excuses.

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