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San Francisco Giants Month in Review: May 2013

June 1st, 2013 at 11:32 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants struggled during the month of May, going 14-13 with a 12-6 record at home and 2-7 mark on the road. The champions sit in second place entering the month of June with a 29-25 record.

'San Francisco Giants' photo (c) 2012, HarshLight - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Giants offense was one of the few bright spots in May, ranking high in many categories. The champs had the second best batting average .279 in the National League and second best with 260 hits. They were tied for fourth with 128 runs, second best with 61 doubles, third best with 123 RBI's and 24 home runs. They walked 84 times, struck out the least with 159, ranked second with 10 sacrifice flies, while recording an NL best .435 slugging percentage. The Giants produced the third best on-base percentage .337 and second best OPS 772.

Marco Scutaro came alive in May batting .420 in 24 games, smacking 42 hits, seven doubles, two triples, one home run, nine RBI's, 10 walks and scored 19 runs. He produced a .473 on-base percentage and .560 slugging percentage equaling an incredible 1.033. The 2012 National League Championship Series MVP also recorded a 19-game hitting streak during the month.

'Marco Scutaro' photo (c) 2012, Bay Area Bias - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
 

Hunter Pence was terrific as well, batting .330 in 27 games, drilling 35 hits, 11 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 15 RBI's, nine walks and scored 21 runs. He managed a .383 on-base percentage and .594 slugging percentage reaching a .977 OPS. Andres Torres played great batting .309 in 21 games, connecting with 17 hits, six doubles, one home run, six RBI's, six walks and scored four runs. He recorded a .377 on-base percentage and .473 slugging percentage totaling a .850 OPS.

The Giants pitching was horrendous in May, displaying an NL second worst 4.59 ERA and allowing a fourth worst 251 hits. The staff surrendered a second worst 134 runs, second worst 123 earned runs, walked the most batters in 107 and 205 strikeouts. They held the opposition to a .276 batting average. 

'Matt Cain' photo (c) 2008, Bryce Edwards - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Matt Cain was the lone sliver lining going 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five games, while yielding 22 hits, 13 runs, four home runs, 14 walks and 30 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Opponents batted .186 off him.

Lastly, the Giants defense needs to improve because they committed the most errors in the Majors during the month with 24. 

Tags: Andres Torres, Baseball, Hunter Pence, Marco Scutaro, Matt Cain, May, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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