Going into Thursday’s game with the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants are 28-25 and only 2.5 games behind the West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
Doesn’t sound so bad when you consider that the Giants are -5 in run differential and 9-15 on the road. However, things could get really bad for the Giants in the next two weeks.
Their supposed “strength”—the rotation—has not shown much improvement. The offense is slowly becoming more mediocre (now 13th in the MLB in runs). Lastly, the defense has been surprisingly bad, making 36 errors in their first 52 games.
Now, that isn’t even the bad news.
Including Thursday’s game against the A’s, the Giants will play 13 of their next 15 against teams with winning records and the other two games are against the quickly improving Blue Jays.
Not only that, but the Giants have also been absolutely terrible on the road and are about to play 12 out 15 away from AT&T Park. Not exactly what you would call “good news” for a team that is in 3rd place in their division, with a rotation that had 21 quality starts in their first 52 games.
Now, I know that this team is still the defending champions and because of that I owe them a certain amount of respect.
With that being said though, I have not been a believer of the 2013 Giants team since day 1 and they could very well confirm my doubts in the next few weeks.
P.S. I owe an apology to Indians fans. Since I wrote about my doubts of them being able to sustain their recipe for success, they have lost 7 out of 9.
On the other hand, Angels fans owe me a thank you, as they have won 5 of 7 since I mentioned how they should take advantage of their current schedule.
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