This has not been an easy season for Giants fans to swallow. Early injuries have forced the Orange and Black to operate without its heroes. Epic swings in the win/loss columns have given ulcers to even the most hardened of faithful. There has been very little to hang your hat on. I get it. So it is in that respect that this week, we acknowledge the pain that is festering in your heart. There will be no sugar coating.
Giants Torture Report: Week Ten
For some reason, the team has been allergic to winning streaks. This might be tough love, but to ignore the reality of the lack of wins would be irresponsible. Week ten served up familiar results, a convincing win surrounded by a heavy helping of losses. If there is any hope for a shot at an above .500 season, wins need to start coming in bunches, not singles. As the summer continues to progress, the “take one game at a time,” cliché should be modified a little. Instead, the Giants need to take at least two at a time and make them both winners.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Besides, this is really supposed to be the “good” section of this column. We have not even come close to the All-Star break. There is time to turn this all around. All is not lost. (Insert another positive platitude here). It’s going to take intestinal fortitude and for the vets to pull it together. The wins will follow.
If position roulette was a Vegas game, the Giants would be cleaning up. Left field has been a pick-em as much this week as it has been all season. In the span of the week we’ve seen names like Calixte, Hill and Slater in service at the position.
With all the turnover, there has been so precious little defensive stability. That instability has led to bad routes to fly balls, and overall sloppy play. The only solace one can take is the rock solid play of Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik and Brandon Belt. While Eduardo Núñez has flashed some glove, he too is a victim of the inconsistency bug. For every good play he has made this week, he punted one that has cost the team. It feels like such a long time ago that the defense was the one dependable aspect of the team.
Closers that can’t close. It’s a story in San Francisco that has been told since the departure of Brian Wilson. Some would even argue it was the case during his tenure as well. The most frustrating thing to a team is handing the ball off with the lead, then walking off without it. Luckily this week, the offense picked up Mark Melancon. That has not always been the case.
What make it even more frustrating is knowing that this was an area that was addressed in the off season. With Casilla gone to Oakland, there was a glimmer of hope that our knuckles would regain blood flow. No such luck. As soon as Melancon gave up a single in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday, that sinking feeling returned to the guts of all Giants fans. When the Brewers tied the game, we waited for the other shoe to drop. Thankfully it didn’t, but we won’t always be that lucky. Closers literally have one job. Plus, it’s not like there have been that many opportunities lately. Got to cash in on the ones there are.