The San Francisco Giants have been a completely different than they were at the beginning of this season. However, the Giants have nearly the exact same faces on their roster. With Buster Posey and Hunter Pence having good seasons, can they ultimately make the playoffs?
To begin the 2014 season, the Giants had an MLB best 35-20 record on June 1. By Week 11 of the 2014 MLB season, the Giants were regarded as the best team in baseball, and nearly impossible for them to tank like they had in 2013.
With the injuries to Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan, and shaky starting pitching, their record, prior to today, has been 27-38 since June 1. Now back 5.5 games from the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and within a game of the second wild card position, their margin of error has reduced significantly.
This weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies should give the Giants a few games to rebound from. But it didn’t look that way after last night’s game. An extra-inning Phillies victory in the first of three games has summed up the slump the Giants are currently in.
Ex-Phillies player Hunter Pence seems to destroy Phillies pitchers lately. Since the start of the 2013 season, Pence has a .326 average with three home runs against his former team. The Phillies made a mistake by not keeping Pence, and he is making them pay for it, even starting off the scoring in today’s game with a home run off Kyle Kendrick.
With one of the worst records in the National League this season, the Phillies are seen as “sure victories.” The Giants should now be concerned that they aren’t consistently beating up on weaker opponents since they are in dire need of their playoff push beginning now.
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