Hello and happy Wednesday.
Let’s make one thing clear right off the bat: Errors are an incredibly stupid stat, and if you use them to judge defense you also probably order filet mignon well done and drench it in steak sauce.
That said, having a lot of errors does often correlate to very bad defense, even if having limited errors doesn’t have the same correlation with good defense.
And let me tell you something: the Giants commit a lot of errors.
The team had a trio of them on Tuesday, courtesy of Brandon Crawford, Tyler Heineman, and Conner Menez. It brought their season total up to 15, which means they’re committing 1.25 errors per game. My goodness that number underscores how bad their defense has been.
But just how bad is 1.25 errors per game? Here’s the last five Giants squads, from worst to best in errors per game:
Well, when you put it that way...
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
He ... uhh ... actually did not.
- Grant Brisbee on how the Giants no-pitching, all-offense approach might be a glimpse into their future (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Mark W. Sanchez on how weight criticisms have hurt Pablo Sandoval (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on how Joey Bart is practicing a skill that Buster Posey mastered (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Kerry Crowley on how the Giants have difficult infield roster decisions (Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez on the Giants needing Mauricio Dubon to “reset mentally” (KNBR)
- Henry Schulman on the Giants leading the league in right-side shifts, which doesn’t always make for happy pitchers (SF Chronicle)
- Andrew Baggarly on how much the Giants are missing Buster Posey (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Henry Schulman on the Giants error-filled start to the season (SF Chronicle)
- Kerry Crowley on the Giants starters having a fastball problem (Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez on the growing legend of Marco Luciano (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on why the roster size changes help the Giants (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jon Tayler talks with epidemiologist Zachary Binney on MLB’s poor coronavirus response (Fangraphs)
- Steve Berman eulogizes the great Ralph Barbieri (The Athletic, subscription required)
Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends.