The SF Giants have overall had a very successful start to the 2023 MLB season, but unfortunately, they've hit a rough patch in recent times, as they have now lost six games in a row, with a series sweep against the Washington Nationals and a one game series loss to the Detroit Tigers.
3 takeaways from the SF Giants series losses to Washington and Detroit
While the team are still alive in the NL West and Wild Card races, they will need to turn things around quickly as the Dodgers have been rolling atop the division once more, and with a return to Oracle Park, Giants fans will be hoping for a big bounceback.
But before we get to what could be one of the last Battle of the Bay series against Oakland, let's take a look back on the horrendous road trip with three takeaways from the past four SF Giants matchups.
1. Things could get ugly for San Francisco if they don't get healthy
To this point in the season, the Giants have sustained plenty of injuries and fought through them, but with Thairo Estrada, Brandon Crawford and Mitch Haniger all missing, the youth in the lineup has failed to sustain their level of success.
With pressure now placed on the likes of Casey Schmitt, Blake Sabol and Luis Matos to produce, they've struggled for the same level of consistency as we saw early in their MLB stints, and unless the team gets healthy, the offense will continue their struggles.
In the past four games, the Giants have managed just six runs, including just one in each of their past three performances, and unless that changes, their playoff hopes will dwindle before our very eyes.
2. The Giants need to make a massive splash, almost immediately
The Giants have been great thus far in 2023, but if they're to make a genuine run, they need to make a splash, and while waiting until the deadline makes sense, if they can make a move beforehand, it would invigorate this team after a poor end to the road trip.
With the need for a bat up the middle of the infield and a desperate need for starting pitching, the Giants have reportedly made contact with several teams already, and if they want to get their momentum back, a move needs to be made soon.
Keep an eye on the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, St. Louis and Cleveland for the Giants, as a spark is what they need, and if they get that and get healthy, this is a team that has the talent to be a threat to anyone down the stretch.
3. This team is way too streaky
While hot streaks are always fun, the mark of great teams in baseball is consistency throughout a 162-game schedule, and while every team is going to lose games, the Giants need to eliminate these losing streaks.
This latest six-game losing skid comes after a six-game winning streaks, and over the past two months, the Giants also have a 10-game winning streak and a four-game losing streak on their record, and that needs to be cleaned up.
Whether it's a hitter getting hot or a fantastic performance on the mound, the Giants need a streak breaker, and if it doesn't happen soon, things could spiral out of control.
Hey, on a positive note, Ross Stripling had a good start on Monday, giving up three earned runs across six innings. That would be enough to win most games, but not when the offense scores only one run.