Giants Torture Report: Week Eight

Brandon Belt Giants Torture Report: Week Eight

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 22: San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) hits a home run in the fifth inning during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs on May 22, 2017, at Wrigley Field, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire) Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire

A simple message has blared across AT&T Park at various times in its existence, “don’t stop believing.” It’s been a hard thing for San Francisco Giants fans to adhere to lately. There have been far more downs than ups and even the good times have been fraught with despair. So what do you tell a fan base trying to grasp any piece of comfort in such stressful times? I certainly don’t have the answer, and I am willing to bet dollars to donuts the Giants don’t either. This is a team struggling to find its identity. It’s a team looking for hope.  It’s a team that needs to get it’s groove back, fast.

Giants fans are all too familiar with torture. Each week in this report, we’ll break down what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and what needs fixing right now. Welcome to:

Giants Torture Report: Week Eight

The Good

Holy long ball Giant’s fans! Home runs were among the few gifts the Orange and Black bestowed upon us this week. Nine pitches left the friendly confines of ball parks across the Midwest and the Bay. It’s is nice to see the power game return again from where ever it was hiding. Even more encouraging is the varied cast of characters participating in the hit parade. Unsuspecting ones like Justin Ruggiano, Mac Williamson entered the mix. Even Nick Hundley registered his first home run as a Giant this week. Also of note, the Williamson two-run blast broke a streak of 19 solo trips around the bag. Which was a shame partially for the fact that two more would have tied a record from 2011 in which San Francisco posted 21 home runs with no one on base.

The Bad

For every yin, there is a yang. Every home run that came off a Giants’ bat, they gave up one. Eleven times opposing batters were able to take San Francisco pitchers deep. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did it twice on Wednesday. Without Madison Bumgarner, the pitching staff does not feel settled. Everyone knows who the rock of the rotation is and his absence creates uncertainty. The Giants faced some monster numbers this week and it was mainly due to the instability on the mound. One thing is certain, the entire organization is champing at the bit for Bumgarner to get back from the disabled list.

The Ugly

No matter how you spin it, five losses in seven days is not a favorable ratio. Wins have to come and come in bunches if San Francisco hopes to claw its way from the bottom of the NL West. And let’s be honest, this is not breaking news. Every sports fan knows that losing is bad. The problem lies in the fact that, try as they might, nothing is working to break the trend. As the saying goes, “you win some, you lose some,” but it you lose some, and you lose some more, things start to spiral fast. It’s not time to pull the rip cord on this season yet, but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. Or, a losing team a losing team. The good news is there is still time to turn this all around. The bad new is there is seemingly no change in sight.

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