Current Record: 46-35
After yesterday's game, the San Francisco Giants have completed their first 81 games of 2011; the halfway point of the season.
Here are the grades:
The Giants have terrible offense. I'm pretty sure that's common sense nowadays. Now that Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez is gone for the season, the Giants two most consistent hitters, the Giants have turned to guys like Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada and Aubrey Huff to carry this offense.
What a terrible thing to do, the Giants have only produced an average of 3.52 runs a game with those guys (ranked 15th out of 16 National League teams).
Right now, Huff leads the team with eight home runs... he is also batting .244 with a team-leading 41 RBIs. Wow, that's pretty bad. Then who is next to him?
Second in RBIs is Freddy Sanchez. He has 24 RBIs and he hasn't played in weeks. Besides him, Nate Schierholtz and Cody Ross are tied for third with 23 runs driven in and they have only played in 72 and 62 games respectively.
Okay this is the fun section to write about. The Giants pitching has been supurb so far this season. With a starting rotation of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong, and I guess Barry Zito, it's hard to lose too many games.
All starters (besides Zito) has an ERA under 3.85. That is insane. Especially when the Giants bullpen has been even better thus far (five relief pitchers with ERA's under 3.00)
The Giants lead the National League in fewest hits allowed, fewest home runs allowed, the most strikeouts and the most saves. They also rank third in the N.L. in team ERA with 3.20.
This area has been pretty average for the Giants. Since Brandon Crawford was called up to play shortstop, the errors from that position have decreased. Miguel Tejada still leads the team in errors with eight, and as a team, they rank sixth in the N.L. in fewest errors committed.
What is still troubling is that they rank 11th in double plays turned with only 173. What this means is that either the pitching is so good that they don't allow runners on as often as others (which in this case is true), or they just don't get both runners when trying to turn two.
Overall: B-They havent been scoreing many runs, but they are allowing next to nothing. They win almost every tight game and they have the best bullpen in baseball.