Death By 2-1 Loss
The San Francisco Giants lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 2-1 yesterday. It was the Gints’ fourth 2-1 loss since September 1st and the sixth 2-1 loss since August 1st. With only 22 more games to play, the Giants are nine games back in the loss column of the Dodgers for the NL West crown and ten games back of the Cubs for the last wildcard spot.
It will take a miracle for the Giants to make the post-season, and with all the injuries to key position players I will go out on a limb and say that miracle won’t happen.
Joe Panik left yesterday’s game with back soreness, raising the question if he will play again this season or be shut down until 2016. Brandon Crawford is likely to miss a few more games with an oblique strain and deep calf bruise. Nori Aoki is still dealing with his concussion, Hunter Pence’s oblique is still a problem and back-up catchers Hector Sanchez and Andrew Susac are done for the year.
Matt Duffy hasn’t had even a partial day off since the All-Star Break, and it’s looking like he’s running on fumes. However, he isn’t likely to get a day off until either Crawford or Panik is back in the line-up. The only good thing about all the injuries is that Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza will get more opportunities for the former to show that his 2015 performance to date is for real and for the latter to dig himself out of his terrible batting slump and prove that he can help the Giants as a back-up infielder in future seasons.
At this point, I would be satisfied if the Giants can win a majority of their remaining games, finish the season with a winning record and get a good look a young players who might be able to help the team in the future.