So off to San Francisco, the Yankees go for three more games against another crap (maybe – not so fast), last place team following a 6-2 stretch against two other crap last place teams. Looking back, to be fair, I don’t think Kansas City is that bad – at least their lineup has some professional, dangerous hitters. The Angels are crap. Far be it for me to question Mike Trout, but I’ve no idea what he was thinking about signing on to stay there more or less forever. A discussion for another time over a beer or four perhaps…
But as far as this weekend is concerned, here’s what you need to know about the San Francisco Giants:
They can’t hit or score runs whatsoever, and that’s not changing anytime soon. They can, however, prevent you from scoring runs to an extent you may have a problem.
So far in 2019, the Giants are 2nd best in the NL in runs allowed per game. If you dig a little deeper, it’s easy to see why: The pitchers are the 2nd best in the league in K/BB ratio and the defense is 3rd in the league in turning balls in play into outs. They prevent contact, they don’t issue free passes and they catch what is hit, which needless to say, is the perfect recipe for run prevention. Everyone knows Bumgarner, but the entire staff – starters and bullpen – have been great so far in ’19.
But they can’t hit or score, period. Their batters are last in the NL in OBP and 2nd to last in SLG, which tells you all you need to know. If you can’t get on base and you don’t hit for power you’re going to be at or near the bottom of the league in runs scored (they’re 2nd to last).
And unfortunately for them, that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Buster Posey, who is one of the more underrated players of this generation, hasn’t hit for power since 2017. At some point, concern may start seeping in about his declining SLG. Evan Longoria hasn’t scared anybody in a long time, and then there’s a bunch of guys who could never hit and are off to bad starts on top of it. See; Brandon Crawford, Kevin Pillar, Joe Panik, Gerardo Parra, Steven Duggar. Brandon Belt is a good hitter having a good career but when he’s your best offensive player by far your team isn’t going anywhere.
The Giants new GM Farhan Zaidi is a very smart dude and I’m sure he has a plan. But for the foreseeable future and for this weekend as far as the Yankees are concerned San Fran is going to be a team that won’t beat you with the bats but are capable of shutting yours down. As a result, this has the potential to be a great weekend or a very frustrating one.
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