Sunday, May 08, 2016

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Hope you had a good Mothers Day. Some of my favorite Giants fans are also moms.

Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles blames bad fortune for the Rox 2-0 shutout of the good guys today

 The team you were rooting for couldn't do the specific things you were rooting for.
However, even when you tally up the offenses of the offense, there is absolutely no way that the Giants should have been shut out. They weren't that inept. In the first four innings, they had all sorts of great at-bats. Heck, let's catalog them because we don't like feeling good about ourselves:
  • Bot. 1, Gregor Blanco singles the other way
  • Bot. 1, Blanco steals second
  • Bot. 1, Joe Panik hits a line drive to left
  • Bot. 2, Brandon Belt lines a single to right
  • Bot. 2, Hunter Pence drills a ball 410 feet to right
  • Bot. 3, Panik hits a grounder hard up the middle
  • Bot. 3, Matt Duffy hits a ball 360 feet to left
  • Bot. 4, Belt walks
  • Bot. 4, Pence singles off the pitcher
No runs. The fifth and sixth innings were quiet, but the rest of the game was filled with the same thing. If the Giants cut and paste some of those events into the seventh, eighth, or ninth innings, they might still be playing. Instead, every check swing seemed to go against them. Every borderline call seemed to go for the Rockies at the worst possible time. Every good swing produced a foul straight back, not a line drive for a hit.
The Rockies scored one of their two runs on a doink, a hit against the shift, and a doink. The Giants couldn't even get hits on their hard-hit balls, not if there were runners in scoring position.
That's not to say the Rockies didn't deserve their two runs, or that the Giants should have won 6-2. This was just the kind of game that reminded you just how annoying productive lineups can be. We think of a good offense in terms of runs scored, and that's understandable. A team that scores five runs per game is a Good Offense, and that's the end of that discussion.
Except, those five runs don't come with a roll of the dice at the beginning of the game. They accumulate. Good takes become good walks; good eyes become good pitches to hit; good pitches to hit become singles; other good pitches to hit become extra-base hits; great swings become home runs. And so on. Except they have to be strung all together. A team could hit .400 for the season without scoring a single run. The Giants looked like that hypothetical team on Sunday.

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