SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants All-Star Break seems to have lasted longer than the other teams because since then, they have been completely out of sorts. From bad pitching to a lack of offense, San Francisco got completely abused against division opponent Padres and the Red Sox and Yankees in Interleague play. For whatever reason, when you add the DH rule in for the Giants, they stumble. If you ask me about what happened against the Padres, who the Giants had swept a few times previously this year, I cannot explain that except to say that they were completely asleep.
Giants pitcher, Jake Peavy will take the mound this evening against the Cincinnati Reds, who against the Marlins and Brewers in their last two series have gone 2-4. Peavy has not had the best season of his career but has shown flashes of pitching very well. However, with that said, he has not had the run support and offense behind him in his outings… or defensive blunders have slightly influenced his win-loss total.
The Giants still have a few key players rehabbing up in Sacramento with the Rivercats. There have not been any significant set backs for both Giants normal starting second baseman, Joe Panik and right fielder, Hunter Pence. Both could be back soon. This would help the Giants offense out tremendously.
Hunter Pence has 181 at bats this year and is batting just under .300 at .298. He has 7 homeruns and 36 runs batted in. He’s scored 27 runs.
Joe Panik has 273 at bats this year and is batting .256 which is well below his career average of .293. In both previous seasons Panik has averaged over .300. He has 7 homeruns and 36 runs batted in (the same amount as Pence). Though his average is lower this year, he has managed to score 45 times.
So when they get back, should everything go as planned and stay on track, the Giants will be getting some offensive help back.
Matt Duffy is scheduled to begin rehab assignment sometime this week, so once Panik and Pence enter the fold again, Duffman will not be too far behind them if he stays on track and has not setbacks as well.
Pitching, especially in the bullpen and at the end of games has been very poor. I have to imagine that the Giants front office is currently kicking the tires on end of game options. The middle relievers have been a bit more consistent then the late inning guys. This is easily the Giants most glaring weakness. They will need to shore up the bullpen if they want to make another run at it in 2016.
First pitch tonight is scheduled at 7:15pm PST.