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Madison Bumgarner has the postseason accolades and success, but no individual hardware for the regular season yet. Is the door open for Cy Young now with Clayton Kershaw's setback? It seems to be.
Matt Duffy and Joe Panik are on the DL. Hunter Pence has been out for a while. The bullpen isn't reliable. The back-end of the rotation has mostly been a mess. And they have the best record in baseball.
The bullpen is an issue right now, but it's an issue for a lot of contending teams.
I'm not worried about the bad outing from Johnny Cueto last time out. Those happen. Jeff Samardzija, however, has a 6.89 ERA in his last six starts. He's given up nine home runs and only struck out 17 in 32 2/3 innings in that stretch. That is worrisome, for sure, given the lack of quality depth at the back-end of the rotation.
Looks like we're witnessing the Brandon Belt career year. The 28-year-old first baseman carries a .305/.414/.538 slash line with 19 doubles and 10 homers.
If there's one thing the deadline trade market should have -- aside from bullpen help, which is a given -- it's corner outfielders. Since it's an even year, something will surely line up for the Giants.
Yes, I want to see Madison Bumgarner in the Home Run Derby for the novelty -- it would be so fun -- but can we quit acting like he's a great hitter in general? He's a great hitting pitcher. He's also hitting .156/.200/.375, good for a 53 OPS+. If he were a position player, he'd be awful at hitting. Let's just keep in mind the reason for the novelty here.
Their overall run differential isn't great and they have dominated one-run games (12-5 record). We've seen this happen before to lots of naysaying (the 2012 Orioles stand out). Since these Giants seem to have righted the ship, however, their run differential is +28 in 19 games. They're 16-3 in that stretch. I'm not inclined to call the overall record a fluke based solely on run differential. Sorry.
Matt Cain has a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts and his stuff really started to look good against the Cubs after allowing hits to the first two batters of the game. That's pretty encouraging if he can start to look close to his old self while sitting fourth behind Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.
When I say they're playing well here, they start losing. When I say they are playing poorly, they go on a six-game winning streak. From now on, the Giants comments will self-destruct after one day.
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2016 Team Leaders
AVGEduardo Nunez , 3B.288
HRBrandon Belt , 1B17
RBIBrandon Crawford , SS84
OBPBrandon Belt , 1B.394
SLGBrandon Belt , 1B.474
RBuster Posey , C82
SBEduardo Nunez , 3B40
WJohnny Cueto , SP18
ERAMadison Bumgarner , SP2.74
WHIPMadison Bumgarner , SP1.02
KMadison Bumgarner , SP251
SVSantiago Casilla , RP31

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