As the midsummer classic came to a close and major league teams continued their pursuit of a World Series title. The San Francisco Giants resumed the second half of the season in the most ungraceful way possible. Dropping the first three games against the San Diego Padres and their first sweep since the Diamondbacks had pulled it off in a 4 sweep of the Giants back in April 18th-21st. Madison Bumgarner had been gotten shellacked by allowing four runs on six hits over six innings.
Jeff Samardzija is still struggling and cannot find a groove as of late. Allowing five runs (one unearned) while climbing up the ranks of the most home runs allowed list. He ranks 9th in the National League with 17 home runs allowed. The Giants were able to fight back with timely hits from Buster Posey, Mac Williamson and Ramiro Pena, eventually taking the lead at 6-5. But the ever valiant, ever faithful bullpen and the Giants forever immortal closer Santiago Casilla allowed one run and became the laughing stock with the internet with saddest, most hilarious balk off win the game has seen in a long time, all the while getting his 6th blown save.
Johnny Cueto, still suffering from his sickness and side pain from the All-Star game struggled, all the while allowing two runs. The ever faithful bullpen allowed the other three from George Kontos and Hunter Strickland. The Giants had been no hit into the 7th inning until a three-run shot from Conor Gillaspie broke the no hitter, all too little too late.
And how could we ever forget the debacle in Fenway Park when David Ortiz ripped a three run shot off of the first pitch from Jake Peavy to lead the Giants to a 4-0 loss as Fenway Park, they haven’t won in Boston since 1915. Albeit the Giants still have the best record in the majors for now, there is a thick, humid feeling it in the air that the Giants shortcomings are finally going to get the best of them. The bullpen blowing it’s 18th save, the bats seem to have gotten cold and the schedule will not get easier as the season progresses. With series against the Nationals, Orioles, Mets and Cubs still on the horizon. This is the time that the Giants need to more diligent than ever. The Giants had twice as many wins in 2014 before limping into the Wild Card spot. The infamous 1993 Giants that failed to reach the post season with 103 wins. Leading the Division into the All-Star break means absolutely nothing unless a team can close out the division heading into the post season.
How could one forget the 2007 Mets season, losing 6 out of their final 7 games and failing to reach the posteason. The 2009 Detroit Tigers, losing 3 out of their last 4 and losing to the Twins in a 1 game elimination match. Or the shenanigans on the final day of the 2011
season that saw the Braves, Cardinals and Rays all vying for a postseason berth. Or the 1964 Phillies who had an impressive 6.5 game lead with 12 games left in the season to go. And yet somehow someway missed the playoffs. Philadelphia lost 10 in a row to cap off the tragic event now known as “The Phold.”
It’s not secret the Giants need a better bullpen, clutch bats and healthy payers come the trade deadline. Now is the time more than ever so far this year that they need to pick up the slack and keep their lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. September will be here before you know it and the crunch time for playoffs will be upon us.
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