The San Francisco Giants recorded their first losing season in 2013 for the first time since going 72-90 during the 2008 season.
The Giants didn't live up to pre-season odds — you can check out MLB odds here — and finished tied for third place in the National League West with a 76-86 record and failed to repeat as World Series champions. The Giants had a winning record at AT&T Park, going 42-40 and 34-46 on the road. Unfortunately, they didn't live up to their pre-season hype
Offensively, the Giants produced the fourth best batting average in the NL with a .260 average, while committing 107 errors, tied for third most in the NL. The Giants had the third worst ERA with a 4.00, while producing two complete games and 13 shutouts.
Marco Scutaro led the team with a .297 batting average, while Hunter Pence led the team in four categories: scoring 91 runs, 27 home runs, 99 RBI's and 22 stolen bases. Madison Bumgarner was the ace of the staff, leading the team with 13 wins, a 2.77 ERA and 199 strikeouts. Sergio Romo finished the season with 38 saves.
Even though the Giants failed to win the NL West, they did post the best record within the division as they went 44-32. Some other notable Giants stats during the 2013 season: The team went 48-30 when they scored first, 63-33 when scoring three runs or more and 28-28 in one-run games. The Giants were 8-10 in extra innings, recorded 35 comeback victories and 12 walk-off wins. The Giants were 49-29 when they received a quality start, while going 27-57 with a non-quality start. The team was 24-31 facing left-handers, while going 52-55 versus righties. When the Giants committed an error they went 28-50, compared to a 48-36 record when committing no errors. Lastly, the Giants were 48-30 when connecting with at least one home run and 28-56 without homering.
They went 70-72 against the NL and 6-14 during Interleague play. The Giants sent four players to the All-Star Game this season in Scutaro, Romo, Bumgarner and Buster Posey.
Besides receiving their World Series rings and the raising of the championship flag, Tim Lincecum's first-career no-hitter on July 13 against the San Diego Padres and Angel Pagan's walk-off inside-the-park home run on May 25 against the Colorado Rockies were by far the two most exciting moments for the Giants this season.
The Giants ended the season with 246 consecutive regular-season sellouts at AT&T Park and sold out the season for the third consecutive year. They have drawn three million fans in 12 of the 14 seasons at 24 Willie Mays Plaza and the Giants will have the No. 14th pick in next June's MLB Draft.
It seems like the Giants always have an odd season after winning the World Series and will look to get even in 2014. If recent history repeats itself, the Giants will be winning the World Series in 2014 just like they did in 2010 and 2012.
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