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San Francisco Giants First Half Review

July 15th, 2013 at 12:56 PM
By Michael Almonte

The defending champion San Francisco Giants wrapped up the first half of the 2013 season and sit in fourth place in the National League West with a 43-51 record, 6.5 games behind the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. 

'2012 World Champs' photo (c) 2013, dannymac15_1999 - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Giants are 25-20 at home and 18-31 on the road. They have a 27-20 record against the NL West.

Offensively, the Giants have been led by a pair of All-Stars in Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro.

Posey had a great first half as he batted .325 in 90 games, smacking 105 hits, 27 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 56 RBI's, 35 walks and scored 38 runs. He recorded a .395 on-base percentage and .536 slugging percentage equaling a .931 OPS. The reigning MVP is batting .313 with runners in scoring position with 25 hits and 33 RBI's, while batting .352 against left-handers with 32 hits and 20 RBI's.

'Buster Posey' photo (c) 2010, Chase N. - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Scutaro is batting .316 in 81 games, drilling 101 hits, 17 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 22 RBI's, 26 walks and scored 37 runs. He produced a .367 on-base percentage and .400 slugging percentage totaling a .767 OPS. The 2012 NLCS MVP is batting .315 with runners in scoring position with 17 hits and 18 RBI's, while batting .341 against left-handers with 31 hits and five RBI's.

The Giants offense has the third best batting average in the NL with a .264 average and ranks third with 855 hits. They are second with 178 doubles, have scored 378 runs, 19 triples and 62 home runs. 

Madison Bumgarner has been the Giants best pitcher during the first half with a 10-5 record and 3.02 ERA in 19 games. The lefty has allowed 85 hits, 45 runs, 42 earned runs, 12 homers, 34 RBI's and 122 strikeouts in 125 innings. He is holding the opposition to a .191 batting average. The Giants are 12-7 in his starts.

The Giants pitching needs to dramatically improve if they want to reach the playoffs again. The champs have the fourth worst ERA in the NL with a 4.11 and have surrendered the fourth most runs with 418. They have yielded 385 earned runs, 795 hits, 90 home runs, 768 strikeouts and holding the opposition to a .249 batting average. The Giants have nine shutouts and one complete game.

Defensively, the Giants have committed the fourth most errors with 66.

 

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

The Giants are 27-16 when they score first, 37-21 when scoring three runs or more and 14-13 in one-run games. They have 21 comeback wins, 29-5 when leading after six-innings, have given up 53 runs in the first-inning and since 2010 are 72-7 when scoring at least eight runs in a game. The Giants are 6-6 in extra-innings and have eight walk-off wins.

Besides receiving their World Series rings and the raising of the championship flag, Tim Lincecum's first career no-hitter on Saturday against the San Diego Padres and Angel Pagan's walk-off inside-the-park home run on May 25 against the Colorado Rockies have been the two most exciting moments during the first half.

Lincecum threw the 15th no-hitter in Giants franchise history and seventh in SF history. He joins John Montefusco as the only Giants pitchers to toss a no-hitter on the road.

 

 

Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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