The SF Giants were one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past month, but through six games on their current road trip, the team have gone 1-2 in both of their series, with the latest being a loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field.
3 takeaways from the SF Giants series loss against the New York Mets
While they fell 8-4 and 4-1 in their two losses, the Giants showed plenty of fight, and with a roster that's clearly looking to compete each and every time and if they continue that, they'll no doubt continue winning plenty of games.
Before the Giants head back home to battle the Seattle Mariners starting on Monday, we will take a look back at the weekend that was with three takeaways from the Giants second straight series loss in The Big Apple.
1. The SF Giants still have work to do with this roster
The SF Giants went on a major run in June, with massive series wins over the Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks and Cardinals, but while it was fun, they certainly aren't 100% ready to compete for a playoff spot just yet with this roster.
Sure, the team are still set up great for the future, with the likes of Luis Matos, Patrick Bailey, Logan Webb, Camilo Doval and others all locked in for the future, but unfortunately, due to injuries, they still have plenty of work to do if they want to push for a big time post-season spot this year.
Ultimately, stretches and series like this are going to happen regardless of how good your team is, but the past week has shed some light on the Giants' weaknesses, meaning they will need to potentially make some big moves in the coming weeks.
2. The SF Giants need to make a starting pitching move ASAP
The SF Giants strength over the past decade + has always been their pitching staff, especially their rotation, but unfortunately, they haven't got the depth on this current team, and after another poor outing from Alex Wood out of the bullpen, it's clear things can't stay this way.
Whether it's making a move for the likes of Marcus Stroman, Shane Bieber or Lucas Giolito, or promoting top prospect Kyle Harrison, but something needs to change soon, especially with Sean Manaea, Anthony DeSclafani, and Ross Stripling all dealing with either injury or performance regression.
Keaton Winn emerging as a potential fourth or fifth arm in the rotation alongside Webb and a hopefully healthy Cobb gives the Giants some confidence going forward, but beyond that, they need some help, and they should be waiting until the All-Star break.
3. The SF Giants may have found themselves another superstar behind the dish
In the first game of the series, there was a clear star, and that was young catcher Patrick Bailey, who came up with the match-sealing home run, while cutting down a potential tying runner in the 9th inning. Some may not know who Bailey was when the series began, but they know now!
He may have only played 35 games thus far in his major league career, but Bailey is impressive both with his arm and his bat, hitting .309 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI, and after the disappointment that has been Joey Bart, he's a breath of fresh air in San Francisco.
Sure, it's much too early to call him the next Buster Posey, as he was a once-in-a-lifetime player for the Giants, but right now, Bailey has shown all the makings of a franchise catcher, and this series was yet another chance for him to showcase those abilities.