It’s no secret the re-build is starting to get painful for the San Francisco Giants. The roster turnover has hurt the bullpen hardest. Throw in the failure of the young starting pitchers to maintain consistency when served up spots in the rotation and you get what you saw yesterday: a team flailing with no direction and seemingly losing its spirit.
Yesterday was more than just a desultory loss, a 3-1 contest where the age-less wonder, Adam Wainwright, made the Giants look like Rookie Leaguers at the plate with his loopy curveball and his BP fastball.
The only bright spot was Mauricio Dubon’s first Major League homer, a big boy upper decker that was impressive in every way. We’re at that junction of the season where we have to look at bright spots a little harder. That’s the way it is with losing teams.
Tyler Beede was very pedestrian and no match for the veteran Wainwright on a sunny St. Louis Labor Day. The Giants looked lifeless and disinterested after a painfully flatulent excuse for a home stand that saw their season begin to slip away with a 1-6 record against teams they had to beat.
Our baseballers by the bay have now lost ten of their last thirteen games. Perhaps the most dis-spiriting aspect of this stretch is the timing, after successful months in June and July and a disappointing 11-16 August, the Giants are now limping toward the finish line with a 66-71 record. Don’t ask about their place in the Wild Card standings. After this stretch it would be uncouth.
I could cite statistics, mention the loss of Joe Panik and its impact on the team and infield; I could note the failure of Scooter Gennett era… but that would be belaboring my points. There’s no fun in that.