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Is there any hope for the San Francisco Giants? With another crushing defeat last night, they've now lost six straight, and 11 of their last 14 games. The Giants started out the year 13-5, but they've gone 27-34 ever since. What can manager Gabe Kapler and his staff do to right the ship? Do Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris need to make more moves? Will they be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?
Last night they got a good start from Alex Wood, but the offense continued to flounder, particularly in clutch situations. The Giants had the bases loaded and no outs, and they only got one run out of it. Evan Longoria struck out in a big spot. David Villar flashed some swing and miss and strikeout tendencies, and also made some mistakes with the glove. The Giants' defensive issues are widespread and alarming. Donovan Walton was optioned prior to the game and Brandon Crawford was activated, but the SF Giants' defense continues to bite them seemingly every game.
The coaching staff should be feeling the pressure for the Giants' collapse. As should the Giants' front office. That being said, it's not at all unprecedented for solid teams to go through miserable stretches like this. In fact, the 2014 and 2016 SF Giants each had miserable second-half collapses. And in both cases, they ended up making the postseason and showing fairly well. The 2014 went on to win the World Series, and the 2016 team fought hard against the eventual champion Cubs, before ultimately suffering one last bullpen collapse in NLDS Game 4.
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