In a pleasant surprise, the SF Giants took the series from the San Diego Padres, winning two of three games. Of course, no Giants game has a shortage of torture, and this series was no different. They must be content with taking the series against a division rival, especially with their own Opening Day right around the corner.
SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Padres Series
1. There has been no power shortage
The Giants offense has yet to fully get going, but there has been no shortage of home runs. Through six games, the offense has registered a .201/.268/.392 line with only 20 runs scored, meaning that they are averaging only 3.33 runs per game.
They are going to need to do better than that if they expect to play meaningful games into September. With that being said, they have hit the third-most home runs in baseball with 11 so far. That is not a typo.
For years, the Giants have been power-deficient, but perhaps they are turning over a new leaf. In the Padres series, the Giants swatted five home runs. Four of those five were solo home runs and it would be swell if they hit just a couple more home runs with runners on base. These blasts gave them just enough offense to eke out two wins.
They are not going to post a .201 batting average all season long, so the offense may become a force once it all clicks. The year is young and Giants hitters are still working through some mechanical issues.