Try not to think about how great this stretch of ball could have been without the four straight losses to get us to Game 54. The Giants played some good baseball in May, in fact they played some great baseball in May. They are 0-4 since their amazing 25-10 run--try not to let that get in the way. This team needed a hot streak and they got it. They look bad unfortunately against the Pirates, but the Pirates have that "lean and hungry look" and hell, they ought to. You get your ass whipped at home in a winner-take-all game and that winning team takes it all you got an axe to grind, wouldn't you say? I think the Giants got a good grinding from the Bucs these last two evenings. Let's hope they can get a win in the getaway game.
1st inning: 7-11
2nd inning: 11-7
3rd inning: 12-6
Total 30-23, .566 (92-win pace), 2nd place, 2 games behind, 6th-best record in baseball. We are exactly one-third of the way through the season, 54 games down, 108 games to go.
Obviously we saw an uptick in the scoring. The team now rates a roughly league-average offense at 4.09 runs per game. They are 13th of 30 teams with 217 runs scored. And we saw an amazing run of scoreless outings--the staff leads the majors with nine team shutouts. They are 11th from the top in runs allowed at 206 and their runs allowed per game, 3.89, puts them at 9th-best. That run difference, +8 after tonight, is good for 12th place. Not exactly inspiring, but the Giants play good defense and generally execute well and that's good for a few extra wins as we know.
We also know that consistency from the pitchers will ultimately be the key to this club's chance at a repeat, and we still don't know for sure what kind of staff the team has for 2015. OGC has done a more detailed analysis of the May starts on his blog, and I think I can say in summary that they are good but not great. We've seen better, let's say that. With Matt Cain and Jake Peavy still on the shelf the team could use a lift from a veteran. Hey, that Tim Hudson guy is going tomorrow--I nominate him for a dominating start. The Giants could use a win tomorrow.
Speaking of nominations, I think Brandon Crawford is the team MVP so far. He made that error in Sunday's loss and it was such a shocker because we are so conditioned to him making the big plays in the big moments. But he's my guy.
12:45 tomorrow. GO GIANTS!