A New Low Every Night

The turnaround will have to wait yet another night.  Two months ago, the Giants were making us immune to comeback victories.  Now, eight games under .500, we’re becoming immune to bad baseball.  On a night that started so promising, Buster kept his red-hot bat alive by taking Matt Harvey deep for a two-run shot in the first.  On the other end, Timmy was as good as he’s been in two years.  Heading into the 5th, he hadn’t allowed a hit and his split-change was something straight from 2008. The park was alive, and for a short time all the recent bad vibes were forgotten.  The Freak would go on to battle for seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out 11… seriously, ‘08 stuff (albeit against a team 11 games below .500).

In the end, Lincecum’s vintage performance and Posey’s career-high five hits weren’t enough to propel the Giants, who stranded runners for SIXTEEN innings on their way to a bitter 4-3 loss.  After tying the game at three in the bottom of the 7th, the Giant bats posted nine consecutive zeroes on the board, and a Brandon Crawford botched grounder allowed the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the 16th.

The Giants signed Jeff Francoeur this morning, who was recently released by Kansas City, and who hasn’t been referred to as “The Natural” by Sports Illustrated in years.  He’ll play a few games in Fresno to get his bat going before coming to SF. His .208 average is rough, but he’s a decent hitter against lefties, and, come on, can we really get any worse at this point?

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Limping to the Break

Six weeks into the season, the Giants were starting to resemble the team I thought they’d be. They’d just taken three of four from Atlanta (the “it” team in the NL), and they were a season-best eight games over .500 (23-15). The team had overcome some spotty starting pitching with a consistent offense and late-game heroics. They would spend the next day traveling north of the Border for a two game series with last-place Toronto, and I was just cocky enough to believe we were about to establish our dominance over the league.

That was May 12.  Since then, the Giants have lost 32 of 49 games, suffering through defensive and base-running blunders, significant injuries and terrible slumps. They’ve tail-spun into last place thanks to some brutal road play (losing three of four at home to the Marlins didn’t help either). Nearly half of their everyday lineup is mired in a deep funk, and Angel Pagan is essentially out for the season.  In case you were wondering, help is NOT on the way from Fresno.

The Giants, now 7 games under .500 after dropping two of three at home to the Dodgers this weekend, host the 37-48 Mets for a 3-game series. But don’t let the poor record fool you… New York will send phenom Matt Harvey to the mound for game one, and former Giant top prospect Zack Wheeler toes the rubber for game three on Wednesday night.  Seven games remain in the first half, and the Giants are limping toward the break