After a very rough April, the Giants seemed poised to break through their slump and end the team’s win drought with some “May showers”. Yet a week into the new month, the team sits at just 11-22, with only two wins in May. The club has lost four straight, sucker-punching fans who hoped an extra inning win over LA would help the Orange and Black gain some momentum heading into Cincinnati. But this is baseball, and things just don’t work out that way.
So as you sit on your couch after the Mets (for crying out loud) walked off on the Giants, wondering if the baseball team from San Francisco will ever win a game again, you can read over these reasons why all isn’t lost yet. Yes, I will admit that these are rather optimistic, but at this point that’s all we have left…
#1) The Giants are playing short-staffed. They’re without their stud-of-a-shortstop Brandon Crawford, their starting centerfielder, Madison Bumgarner, and have a short bench with guys like Aaron Hill and Jarrett Parker out to injuries. Granted, some of the guys like Will Smith will be out the whole year, but injuries have definitely plagued the Giants early. Even the farm system has suffered, with Mac Williamson and recently-acquired Melvin Upton Jr. among those bitten by the injury bug.
#2) The bullpen. Dare I say it? They still need work, I won’t deny that, but the Giant’s relievers have come up in some pretty big spots. Steven Okert has established himself, dominating lefties. Hunter Strickland has been outstanding, Derek Law is putting in some good work, and Mark Melancon has settled in nicely as the new closer. Given that the club has put themselves in some pretty non-energizing games, the part of the team that was their 2016 Achilles’ heel is throwing pretty well.
#3) Power is showing up! Buster Posey and Hunter Pence have multiple homers this month, with both players going deep off pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom. Michael Morse is right there, and expect Crawford to add some pop too when he returns to the lineup.
#4) Joe Panik has firmly established himself as a big league second baseman on both sides of the ball. In 103 at-bats, he’s slashing .291/.353/.388. He has one homer and one stolen base as well. Gorkys Hernandez has come through in the clutch a few times, and has really filled in rather nicely while Span has been out. The starting pitchers are all flashing glimpses of greatness, and the dismal team that causes heartbreak all over Northern California is actually showing potential.
#5) It’s still only May. The beginning of the second week at that. There are 129 games left, and the race is far from over. The Giants are in a funk, a big one, but it’s way too early to throw in the towel. They’re a winning streak away from getting back in the mix, and there’s plenty of time for that. For now, they need to focus on getting back on track and taking the series from the Mets one game at a time.
All in all, I leave you with this. It’s early, baseball is frustrating, and the Giants probably aren’t as bad as you think. Emphasis on probably, by which I mean hopefully. San Francisco may just be on the verge of breaking out. They definitely have the means to. But even if they aren’t, as soul crushing as it is to watch a loss, baseball is just a game that is meant to be fun and enjoyable to the viewer. Of course, we all hope we don’t have to turn to that stupid viewpoint. So for now we sit and wait for tomorrow. We hope that it’s the big win that sets off a world-champion caliber team, or that it brings us a day closer to the game that is. It has to come at some point soon. Right?
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