I have elected not to write any articles on the San Francisco Giants lately, not only because school is back in session, but also because there has not been much to write about. Since September 1st, the Giants are 3-5 and have scored one or less runs in four of those games, all of which were losses.
Going into the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants are averaging their customary “three runs per game.” Averages, however, are often misleading.
In describing a team like the San Francisco Giants, it is best to use their median runs scored. For those not statistically inclined, the median is the “center point” of the runs scored per game arranged from lowest to highest (or vice versa). As eight games is an even number, the median runs scored is either one run or two runs. In other words, half the time, the Giants will score one run or less.
That, noble reader, is pathetic.
But it’s nothing new. Despite the passionate throngs of supporters of “new blood,” namely Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Brett Pill (the new “3Bs”), there has not been much meaningful contribution.
Now, before you think that I’m picking on the “newbies,” let me make one thing clear: NOBODY in this lineup is making many meaningful contributions. Jeff Keppinger, he of the “rare” strikeout, has been looking like the reincarnation of Reggie Sanders at the plate—minus the power. Pablo Sandoval has watched his batting average drop below .300. Carlos Beltran was hot for a few games and has subsequently returned to earth.
But the new guys… well…