Poor Giants Form to Continue into September – MLB BaseballFriday, August 16, 2013 20:51
What has become of last year’s World Series winning San Francisco Giants?
Poor Giants Form to Continue into September
Last year’s MLB Champions look pretty beat up right now. The San Francisco Giants haven’t put two wins together since the start of the month, have failed to win any of their last four series, and sit at the bottom of the NL West, as of Friday morning.
To make matters worse, reliever Jeremy Affeldt is still on the 15-day DL while second-base Tony Abreu needs time before returning. Yet, even with these players in the roster, the Giants have not performed this season. While their hitting average of .259 is distinctly, well, average, it is at the mound where the Giants have lost games.
As an outfielder and batter, going into a game knowing your pitchers will concede an average of 4.04 earned runs is not good for confidence. Since the start of August, the Giants have been hit for four or more six times, with the majority of those runs coming deep into games. The relievers clearly are not doing their job and manager Bruce Bochy must do something to get this bullpen going again – otherwise this form will continue into September.
Wednesday’s agonizing 6-5 loss at the death was an example for fans betting MLB World Series of how quickly the Giants are losing games. Despite throwing well, Tim Lincecum let go five runs in the fourth and, no matter how hard the offense tried to get back into the game, they were always going to come up short. The Giants need injured Angel Pagan back soon and thankfully Ryan Vogelson, who didn’t exactly throw well Thursday night, is recovering from injury nicely.
Granted, there were green shoots of progress on Thursday as the Giants recovered a two-run deficit in the ninth to win 4-3 in Washington. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez was the savior, smashing a three-run homer with two outs deep in the ninth inning. Had Sanchez missed his swing, that would have wrapped up a disappointing series in DC but now the Giants have something to take into a three-game weekend series with Miami.
Neither side has performed well of late and MLB betting fans can expect a couple of wins for the Giants in this one. Matt Cain (7-8) and Madison Bumgarner (11-7) both have the arms to win ball games and that is where your money should be this weekend.
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