It’s old news that the San Francisco Giants are the worst team in baseball since the All-Star break. But they aren’t necessarily out of playoff contention. Despite trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by seven games from first in the NL West, they still stand second for the NL Wild Card.
Unfortunately, the Giants are matched up against the San Diego Padres for the next few games. The Padres have been almost easily stopping the Giants in their pursuit of W’s before regular season conclusion.
This is the third time the Giants have played the Padres since the break. The Giants have yet to manage a win, despite their talent and overall better season record.
In Friday night’s game, the Giants’ bats couldn’t come alive yet again, and they suffered a 7-2 loss from PETCO Park.
“The bats have just been quiet,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s what’s got to happen. It’s pretty simple. We’ve got to pitch, but we’ve got to get these bats going. We can’t keep putting pressure on these pitchers.
“It’s hard to get on a consistent run without getting the offense going. We’ve had a tough time scoring runs here against this club. You look at the last series and this series. We had two last night, two tonight. It’s hard to get on a consistent run without this offense going.”
Righty Albert Suarez started for the Giants and managed a relatively mediocre four innings; he gave up three runs and a homer for a 4.29 ERA. But, Suarez shouldn’t be considered an unreliable component to the Giants’ bullpen. In fact, he’s the only Giants pitcher today who has given up three or fewer runs in each of his 12 starts this season to start his career.
“I’ve got to think about not throwing it anymore,” Suarez said. “I missed it right down the middle.”