The Giants have completed another week of Giants baseball! Like they say, the true reward is the journey. They also say, “Hey, can you recap the last week of Giants baseball?” and so I do it, but you should really focus on the journey thing.
The Giants lost two of three to the Mets in New York, and then they came back home and lost two of three to the Dodgers in San Francisco. Only one of the games wasn’t winnable, but only two of the games got won. The team repeatedly came up short last week, and it was another uninspiring week in an uninspiring season that’s capping an incredibly inspiring decade.
See, as long as you can go back to all the World Series wins and whatnot, things are looking up.
Most memorable thing that happened: Max Muncy hit a home run very far and watched it and then Madison Bumgarner yelled at him about it and then there were takes, oh God were there takes, the takes that lit the sky on fire and dove into the depths of the oceans, the takes that breathed life into stone and turned forests to ash, the takes that built neighborhoods and leveled cities, the takes that smashed that like button, faved and subscribed. After humanity is gone to whatever fate awaits us, all that we leave behind will be our Takes.
Madison Bumgarner is a very good pitcher, and if the way he gets there is to be super competitive and glower and yell at guys who watch home runs for more than a predetermined amount of time, then that’s what he has to do. That’s who he has to be.
This isn’t to say that Muncy did anything wrong — you hit a ball that far, it’s pretty normal to look at it — but Bumgarner yelled and conveyed his displeasure and then Muncy said something back, and that was it. It was fine. Nobody got hurt. That was the only run Bumgarner gave up on the day, so it’s not like his anger hurt him on the mound. He didn’t throw at anyone or start a fight. He was just mad and he said so and Muncy was appropriately all “U mad bro?” and then everyone moved on and the Dodgers won.
As the official McCovey Chronicles Twitter account — smash that like button and subscribe! — pointed out, yesterday’s Dodgers pitcher pulled some extremely Bumgarner shit in literally his last start:
But Bumgarner is baseball’s Villain right now, and so everyone has to go after him. Bumgarner is the problem, and anyone who does the same thing as him is not. It’s about context, you see, and the context is that it is okay for everyone to hate Madison Bumgarner, so that’s what they’re going to do.
Best win: June 7, 2-1 over the Dodgers
The Giants got five good innings out of (checks notes) (double checks notes) (checks Baseball-Reference) (consults a Ouija board) Drew Pomeranz, the offense scored two entire runs against (checks notes) (checks notes of the guy sitting next to me to make sure I got this right) Clayton Kershaw, and the bullpen held the lead. It was the prototypical win for this team, or at least what this team needs to be if it’s going to be worth anyone’s time through the end of the season: good starting pitching, a good bullpen, good defense, and just enough offense to earn that C- and move on to the next class.
Plus it was against the Dodgers! It was against Clayton Kershaw! It is always nice to beat the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, and so I support the San Francisco Giants doing so.
Worst loss: June 5, 7-0 to the Mets
In one sense, any Dodger loss is worse than any non-Dodger loss because the Dodgers are the Giants’ rivals and we would like to see them beat their rivals.
On the other hand, the Dodgers are the best team in baseball and losing to the Dodgers isn’t inherently humiliating.
On the other other hand, oh boy, the Mets.
Tyler Beede was coming off of a strong start in Miami, and hopes were high. Beede did not come through in New York, and in solidarity, the whole rest of the team also didn’t come through. I did not watch this game, I didn’t think about the fact that I didn’t watch this game once between Wednesday and today, and in a couple weeks, it’ll be like this game never happened. That’s probably fine. No one needs to remember this.
MVP: Brandon Belt
Belt hit .313/.476/.563 in 21 PAs with a homer and three RBIs. That’s perfectly swell.
He also did this, the most enjoyable thing a Giant said or did all week:
"Yeah, it's been a tough go against him, but what are you going to do when a guy gets lucky 55 times." Brandon Belt hasn't had a good time against Clayton Kershaw, but he found a way to get the Giants going Friday: https://t.co/j5E0p6DEdk— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) June 8, 2019
Brandon Belt is a prince among men.
LVP: Dereck Rodriguez
Rodriguez faced five batters last week. He walked two of them, the two more got hits, and one reached on a fielder’s choice. Four of them would end up scoring, which turned a 3-2 deficit against the Dodgers into an exponentially more insurmountable 7-2 deficit. Rodriguez hasn’t been pitching a lot since being called back up in late May, so it’s understandable that he wouldn’t be at his best, and Mark Melancon did allow two of those runs to score. But Rodriguez walked in two runs on Saturday, which precipitated his getting removed from the game in favor of Melancon, so he deserved his fate.
In a week where it was hard to pick just one player here when there were so, so many options, Rodriguez not getting a single out stood out. If you ask me, Dereck Rodriguez should get guys out instead of the alternative.
The Giants are bad.
Do you want more than that? There’s not more than that. This is a bad team and it will continue to be a bad team through the end of the year. I’d prefer to have better news — Every second you’re alive on this Earth is a precious gift and I don’t care for how many of those gifts I’m wasting on a bad baseball team — but they are what they are.
Farhan Zaidi’s job isn’t to get some shoe polish and really shine that turd until you can see your reflection in it; he’s here to ensure lots of years in a row of teams that aren’t turds at all. It seems abundantly clear that that won’t happen with this core, all of whom were once excellent players, and some of whom are now good players. So it’ll be a while.
The Giants are bad. We’ve known that for a while, and after last week, we continue to know that about the same amount.