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Post-game thread: Giants come close to scoring run, fall short

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I just spent a half-hour staring at this table. Here's what the Giants look like with runners in scoring position and two outs:

Rk PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
1 Brandon Belt 4 3 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 .333 .500 .667 1.167 1.000
2 Buster Posey 32 25 7 0 0 2 10 7 4 .280 .438 .520 .958 .263
3 Pablo Sandoval 25 23 7 1 0 1 9 2 4 .304 .360 .478 .838 .333
4 Freddy Sanchez 28 24 7 1 0 0 8 3 3 .292 .393 .333 .726 .333
5 Nate Schierholtz 41 37 10 1 0 1 13 4 5 .270 .341 .378 .720 .290
6 Brandon Crawford 34 29 5 2 0 1 8 5 6 .172 .294 .345 .639 .182
7 Eli Whiteside 20 13 2 0 0 0 2 7 3 .154 .450 .154 .604 .200
8 Aubrey Huff 61 51 10 1 0 1 14 10 10 .196 .328 .275 .602 .225
9 Aaron Rowand 31 26 5 1 0 0 5 2 4 .192 .323 .231 .553 .227
10 Jonathan Sanchez 6 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533 .250
11 Cody Ross 43 37 5 2 0 1 9 5 10 .135 .256 .270 .526 .154
12 Pat Burrell 32 27 3 1 0 1 6 5 14 .111 .250 .259 .509 .167
13 Miguel Tejada 28 25 4 2 0 0 5 2 1 .160 .250 .240 .490 .167
14 Jeff Keppinger 7 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .167 .286 .167 .452 .200
15 Andres Torres 34 28 3 2 0 0 3 6 9 .107 .265 .179 .443 .158
16 Chris Stewart 20 16 1 1 0 0 2 4 0 .063 .250 .125 .375 .063
17 Mike Fontenot 18 15 1 1 0 0 2 3 4 .067 .222 .133 .356 .091
18 Mark DeRosa 6 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333 .250
19 Tim Lincecum 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .222 .000 .222 .000
20 Emmanuel Burriss 12 12 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .083 .083 .083 .167 .100
21 Ryan Vogelsong 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000
22 Hector Sanchez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
23 Barry Zito 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000
24 Bill Hall 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000
25 Matt Cain 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000
26 Orlando Cabrera 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000
27 Madison Bumgarner 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000
28 Carlos Beltran 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000
29 Conor Gillaspie 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
30 Jeremy Affeldt 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
Team Total 527 449 75 17 0 8 103 72 103 .167 .290 .258 .549 .198
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/8/2011.

 

That's mesmerizing. It's performance art.

I think I'm proud of following this team in some weird way. It's a special experience.

I watched every one of those at-bats. Anyone who watched every one of those should get a Croix de Candlestick for their efforts. It's for the same thing -- surviving something cold and miserable to prove you're a true fan/stupid person. That deserves a trinket.

Some context: teams generally hit worse with two outs and runners in scoring position. The National League is hitting a collective .253/.319/.389 this year. With two outs and runners in scoring position, the National League is hitting .226/.334/.349. Pitchers seem less likely to give hitters a pitch to hit, so up goes the OBP and down goes the SLG.

The Giants are hitting .241/.303/.358 this season as a team. With two outs and runners in scoring position, they're hitting .167/.290/.258.  That looks like the line F.P. Santangelo would put up if he were playing today -- buncha walks with feckless contact. I also like how of the four players at the top, two are broken and one's in the minors. Bunch of showoffs. Team's better off without them.

I'm not smart enough to know why, really. The batting average on balls in play for the Giants is about .100 lower with RISP and two outs. It's .019 lower for the league overall. Maybe that's bad luck. Maybe it's the result of 30 different hitters turning their brains off when they shouldn't.

The horrific offenses of the past several years -- 2007, 2008, 2009 -- didn't have this kind of discrepancy, so I'm inclined not to think it's more of a bad luck thing. Because if impotence with RISP and two outs is a problem that predictably embarrasses bad hitters, the Giants would have shown that same problem when they were cornering the market on bad hitters over the past several seasons.

Don't know. But it surrrrre is frustrating to watch. The Giants can't hit anyways. To have them strand the runners that they do get on base ... that's what makes it art.

The Giants were shut out again. This time by the Pirates. Charlie Morton, to be specific. And the Giants are still in first place. Embarrassing.