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San Francisco Giants Biggest Problem is the Offense

Jake Mastroianni
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 25: Starting pitcher Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners beats Steven Duggar #6 of the San Francisco Giants to first base for a force out during the sixth inning of a game at Safeco Field on July 25, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 3-2. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 25: Starting pitcher Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners beats Steven Duggar #6 of the San Francisco Giants to first base for a force out during the sixth inning of a game at Safeco Field on July 25, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 3-2. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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While many focus on the pitching woes for the San Francisco Giants, it’s actually the offense that has hurt them the most this year.

The San Francisco Giants haven’t been great in either aspect this year, but the offense has been a much bigger disappointment to me.

Yes, you can play a lot of their issues on healthy, but even when healthy this offense has clicked like many thought it would.

The front office made some big moves in the offense bringing in Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria to bolster the lineup. Neither has been terrible, but neither has been great either.

In fact, it’s Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt who lead this offense in just about every major category.

The San Francisco Giants rank sixth in the National League in average at .251, which is not bad at all. But they haven’t been able to bring anybody around to score as they’re 12th in the NL in runs scored.

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They are much better at hitting home runs this year, but they still just rank 13th in the NL with 96 long balls.

They haven’t been great at taking walks as they’re just 11th in getting free passes, and 11th in on-base-percentage at .314.

They’ve scored five runs or less in every game since coming back from the All-Star break, and they are just 2-4 in those games.

Normally five runs should be good enough to get you some wins, but you have to keep in mind that our pitching staff isn’t great either.

You can be mediocre on the mound and still win some games, but certainly not if your offense has been less than mediocre.

Unfortunately, that has been the case for the Giants re-tooled lineup this year. I would have loved to have seen what this lineup could do at full strength, but we may never know.

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