Last week, Giants FanPulse voters gave the Giants high marks despite a 3-4 road trip because the Giants won their series in LA against the Dodgers. This past week, they went 3-4 on their home stand, losing a 4-game series to the Pirates while taking 2 out of 3 from the Marlins. AND YET!
Confidence in the direction of the Giants’ rose week over week, from 79% to 87%. That’s despite a 72-78 record and, again, a 3-4 home stand against the terrible Pirates and worse Marlins. What could be the cause of this general optimism in the state and fate of the team?
Dubon, Anderson, Davis, and Beede all had standout moments over the course of the week, with Dubon in particular capturing hearts and minds with great defense,
Bochy spent a few minutes today talking about how smart Dubon is on the field. He probably enjoyed this one, too: pic.twitter.com/saircBDGah— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 12, 2019
youthful energy, and home run power.
But Shaun Anderson evolving into a potential late-inning reliever/closer was also an important development. He looked really good, although pitching in back to back games might take some getting used to.
Jaylin Davis couldn’t get his bat going, but his speed and defense stood out. Maybe Davis simply takes longer to “get going” or maybe he never pans out, but it’s definitely the case that the Giants have managed to acquire and play more interesting talent this season than in previous years.
Fans definitely have reason(s) to be flummoxed and/or perturbed by Tyler Beede’s performance, but it doesn’t take much analysis to see why he’s in the big leagues. His tremendous tough and flashes of consistent greatness make him too tempting an arm to simply discard because of a 5-ERA in his first major league season. Remember: both Lincecum and Cain had 4-ERAs in their first full years.
Yeah, his strong start was against the Marlins, but if Beede is as bad as some fans think he is because of that 5-ERA, then he wouldn’t have even been good against the Marlins.
Anyway, taken together, the Giants flashed what could be some of next year’s talent and maybe FanPulse voters liked what they saw? Although, maybe it wasn’t all about the younger players. Johnny Cueto came back, too, and he looked like he had never left. So, maybe the confidence in the team’s direction continues to be based in large part on the new front office’s repeatedly demonstrated skill of finding random dudes who can play and the return of Johnny Cueto.
Bruce Bochy’s approval rating dropped from 91% to 88%, though that might not be a statistically significant difference. Bochy still lands in the top 10, though.
10. Aaron Boone - 86%
9. Bruce Bochy - 88%
8. Brandon Hyde - 90%
7. Chris Woodward - 91%
6. Brian Snitker - 93%
5. Kevin Cash - 94%
4. Bob Melvin - 95%
3. Rocco Baldelli - 97%
2. A.J. Hinch - 97%
1. Craig Counsell - 98%
The three worst-approved managers sure are something:
3. Gabe Kapler - 18%
2. Mickey Callaway - 14%
1. Clint Hurdle - 10%
Still, if you voted and are willing to disclose why you might’ve changed your vote this past week or if you think you know why a couple of people changed their minds on him, then inform or speculate below.