Without dirt-biking enthusiast Madison Bumgarner, the Giants haven’t exactly set the baseball world ablaze.
Perennial preseason favorites to at least clinch a Wild Card, the Giants have played absolutely miserable baseball in 2017. Rather than being in the thick of the playoff hunt, the Giants are duking it out with the Padres for the last spot in the NL West with only the Phillies holding a worse record than those two teams. With just how bad the Padres are fresh in everyone’s minds, up until the Royals took the last two games in that series, the Giants owned a worse record than San Diego.
Here are the game times and pitching matchups:
- Tuesday, June 13, 9:15 PM CDT - Jason Vargas (L) versus Ty Blach (L)
- Wednesday, June 14, 2:45 PM CDT - Jason Hammel versus Johnny Cueto
Royals at Giants pitching matchups
|Jason Vargas (L)||12||74.1||59||19.9||17||5.7||2.18||3.34||4.53||4.33||1.8||3.3|
|Ty Blach (L)||16||64.1||26||10.0||13||5.0||3.64||3.96||4.72||5.04||0.8||1.4|
Ty Blach’s ERA might look nice, but a deeper dive reveals a K-rate so low that he might as well be a Twin. A groundball pitcher living on contact and not walking guys, this matchup probably goes one of two ways for the Royals. The Creighton alum either goes Cy Blach on the Royals or gets shelled. His SIERA and xFIP both point to some regression to the mean, so cross your fingers, Royals fans. Cueto hasn’t been nearly as dominant as he was for most of 2016. The Royals have seen two versions of Cueto, both as a Royal. Which one shows up is anyone’s guess.
Giants position players
|Brandon Belt (L)||1B||269||11||34||28||2||.237||.353||.443||.346||118||1.2||1.6|
|Joe Panik (L)||2B||236||3||22||18||2||.255||.326||.380||.305||90||0.8||0.9|
|Brandon Crawford (L)||SS||197||4||21||25||2||.247||.294||.388||.287||79||0.8||0.4|
|Denard Span (L)||CF||173||3||18||12||0||.259||.306||.401||.306||91||0.3||-0.5|
Aside from the predictably solid performances from Buster Posey and Brandon Belt, there has not been a lot to like from the Giants’ offense. The 3.0 fWAR they have amassed outpaces only the Royals and Padres, but those Wins comes largely from defensive contributions. Their offense is the worst in the majors. Their 78 wOBA trails the Royals by 2 points, and though their AVG and OBP are both within .005 of each other, the Giants have hit 25 fewer long balls than the Royals and nine fewer than the second-worst home-run hitting team in baseball, the Pirates. Their SLG is the worst in baseball by .021 points. That’s a lot.
When looking at their defense, UZR—which fWAR uses—loves the Giants, whose 6.6 UZR on the season is good for ninth-best in baseball. DRS, however, loathes the Giants’ defense, rating them the third-worst in baseball at -28 Defensive Runs Saved. That the two measures are so opposed to one another certainly raises some questions.
Who wins the two game series in San Francisco?
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