The San Francisco Giants have now won seven games in a row to improve to 49-49 overall on the season. When was the last time they won seven straight?
With back-to-back extra-inning walk-off wins against the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants have now won seven in a row and 13 of 15 in the month of July.
Prior to this month, the team had won more than two games in a row just three times all season, with a pair of three-game winning streaks and one four-game winning streak.
So when is the last time the San Francisco Giants have won seven straight?
For that, we have to go all the way back to the first half of the 2016 season, when the Giants sprinted out of the gates to a 57-33 record before the All-Star break.
The team actually had two different eight-game winning streaks during the first half that season, with the second spanning from June 11-19.
Here’s a look at the team’s go-to starting lineup and how they performed during that streak:
- CF Denard Span: 5-for-31, 2B, HR, RBI, 4 R
- 2B Joe Pank: 12-for-34, 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 11 R
- 1B Brandon Belt: 9-for-24, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R
- C Buster Posey: 13-for-31, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 8 R
- 3B Matt Duffy: 11-for-29, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 3 R
- SS Brandon Crawford: 7-for-27, 2B, 3B, 8 RBI, 3 R
- LF Angel Pagan: 5-for-20, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R
- RF Gregor Blanco: 10-for-29, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 4 R
With the exception of leadoff man Denard Span, everyone was hitting during that streak, and the Giants averaged 5.9 runs per game. By comparison, this year’s team is averaging a staggering 7.4 runs per contest during their current winning streak.
Let’s take a look at the pitching staff from that 2016 streak:
- Jake Peavy: 2 GS, 1-0, 12.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0.75 ERA
- Jeff Samardzija: 2 GS, 1-0, 13.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1.98 ERA
- Johnny Cueto: 1 GS, 1-0, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1.29 ERA
- Madison Bumgarner: 1 GS, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2.25 ERA
- Albert Suarez: 1 GS, 0-0, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5.79 ERA
- Matt Cain: 1 GS, 0-0, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 7.36 ERA
Beyond that work from the starting staff, relievers Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, George Kontos, Josh Osich and Steven Okert combined for seven scoreless innings, while Cory Gearrin, Derek Law and Hunter Strickland had two saves and three holds.
The 2016 team ended up finishing 87-75 to claim a wild-card spot.
Can this year’s San Francisco Giants squad follow a similar path to the postseason?