When the Giants lost eight in a row earlier this year, they never had a stretch in which they scored two or fewer runs over a three-game stretch. Welcome to the most feckless stretch of hitting this season.
Whoops. Don't know how that got in there, that last representation of what baseball could be, the reason we still watch. Must have been a glitch in the code. The current Giants are unwatchable, I suppose, so you might as well watch that.
Here's what bothers me the most about the Giants getting swept by the Diamondbacks at home: the part where they lost all three games.
Here's what bothers me the second-most about the Giants getting swept by the Diamondbacks at home: Chase Anderson is a complete sentence on something of a roll right now, but he's not a Cy Young candidate. Allen Webster has a career ERA of 6.06 in the majors and had a cool 9.00 ERA in Triple-A this year before Saturday. Rubby De La Rosa had allowed 14 homers in 74 innings before Sunday's game, a remarkably poor ratio. The Giants, one of the better offenses in baseball, scored one run in 27 innings against a Cerberus of mediocre and/or developing pitching.
The Giants hit some balls hard all weekend, but even if the BABIP were normalized, it's not like the Giants were the better team. It's one of those stretches where it feels completely impossible for the Giants to score, where a four-run inning or three-run homer seems like an unassisted triple play. And it all added up to the longest Giants losing streak at home in AT&T Park history. The home losing streak is at eight games, starting with the Casilla/Crawford meltdown from two weeks ago. I paid cash money to watch one of those losses, buying a pair of $17 crab sandwiches along the way, and now I'm filled with regret.
I also watched about 10 hours of baseball this weekend. The regret is spilling over and out of my mouth and onto the floor and we just had the carpet cleaned and now the cat is licking the regret and convulsing and I feel bad but why would he lick the regret it's his own fault. There is so much Giants-related regret from this weekend.
The Giants have now lost eight in a row at AT&T Park, which is a park record.
We'll all laugh about this in November next year.
I don't want to beat a dead veteran, but it's quite possible that Casey McGehee is the worst player in baseball. This is not irony or hyperbole. It's not a shocking statement uttered to spark discussion. It's an honest statement. He's possibly the slowest baserunner on the team, if not the league. He doesn't hit for power. He isn't an adept fielder. And his ability to hit for average and work counts is gone. It its place is a preternatural ability to hit into double plays.
McGehee has 14 double plays on the season in 126 plate appearances. That's a record for players with 200 plate appearances or fewer. He could avoid double plays for his next 74 plate appearances and still hold the record. That's remarkable. Watching baseball history never gets old. AT&T Park has just seen so much.
The Giants designated McGehee for assignment three weeks ago, and then they found a secret option in their coat pocket. They should have burned that option in a fire that could have been seen from space. McGehee isn't the reason the Giants lost on Sunday, but he's one huge reason why it feels as frustrating as it does.
Feel rested, Matt Duffy?
Well, no, actually, I've been feeling this ache in my ...
Good, good, glad to hear it. Now play the next 100 games.
Jarrett Parker had his first major-league hit on Sunday. Congratulations!
Parker is also a walking reminder that the Giants have two outfielders on the DL and another one slumping something fierce. That starting lineup was as awful as I can remember, but it's not like the Giants have a lot of options. It wouldn't feel so bad if the Giants could score more than .33 runs per game.
The Giants had two hits with runners in scoring position on Sunday. They did not score.
Also of note: the last time the Giants grounded into five double plays in a game, it was also against the Diamondbacks. The Giants won. Barry Zito left the game because of the only injury of his career, Guillermo Mota pitched 4.1 innings of outstanding baseball, and the Giants ended up winning.
This was just karma, then. Slow-burning, entirely dull karma. We've earned this.
If the Warriors don't win tonight, I'm taking your Social Security Number -- you, the person reading this -- and giving it to someone in Russia who can do awful things with it. So root for the Warriors extra hard, y'all. Otherwise you could lose your home.