SF Giants: 3 trends that have been concerning through the first month

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The old saying is that a team can’t win their division in the first few months of the season. But they sure can lose it in that period. The SF Giants posted a rough 11-16 record in the first month of the season and there were some concerning trends that went with it.

SF Giants: 3 trends that have been concerning through the first month

But it is enough time to at least get a feel of what the team’s strengths and weaknesses are. That being said, there are definitely a few things that the Giants have not been impressing me with. So let’s take a look at three of them because there are certainly a few. 

1. The approach at the plate

Sure, this team has hit plenty of long balls so far this season. This is something that is bound to continue as the season goes on. However, it’s too much of a do-or-die approach to scoring runs. 

Part of the reason why this is such a red flag is that there hasn’t been any other approach other than swinging for the fences three times every at-bat which means they aren’t shortening up and trying to put the ball in the play either. Stringing hits together is how the game has always been played and that is how a team wins in the postseason as well. 

So far this season, they have hit a total of 51 long balls. That is good for third in the Majors and second in the National League. On the flip side, they are also striking out more than desirable as they lead the league with an astounding 325 strikeouts in 31 games. That means they are striking out almost 11 times a game. A team only gets outs in a game and to blow 11 of them by way of a strikeout is going to make it hard to win since you’re giving up 30% of your outs on a strikeout because that team has the wrong approach. 

The MLB is a homer-or-bust league and strikeouts are going to happen. It’s just part of today’s game. As a team, they’re hitting just .240, which puts them in the back half of the league in that category. 

While the long ball is fun to see, there is plenty of room to improve in other areas of the offense, especially when it comes to situational hitting.