Perfect fix for San Francisco Giants’ hitting woes: Facing Jonathan Sanchez in Colorado
MoreSplashHits goes on vacation, and so do the Giants hitters.
From the day we left for vacation, the Giants went 2-7, all home games.
What’s worse is that the Giants only scored more more than three runs in one of those game — a 4-1 win over the Mets on Tuesday.
The only good thing about this bad stretch is that the Giants (56-49) are still in first place in the NL West, leading the Dodgers (56-50) by a half-game.
The bad news is the Giants have allowed the Diamondbacks (54-51) back into division race. Arizona trails by only two games. AND the Giants are now four games out of the second NL wild-card spot, trailing the Pirates (60-44) and Braves (60-45).
The Giants hope the light air in Colorado will help get the bats going. If there is one NL West team that has been playing worse than the Giants (3-7) over the past 10 games, it’s the Rockies (2-8).
The three-game series gets started Friday with a reunion. Jonathan Sanchez, who was traded last month from Kansas City to Colorado will get the start for the Rockies Friday against Ryan Vogelsong.
Sanchez has seen his ERA actually go up since his trade from the Royals. It has gone from 7.76 to 8.93. He’s 0-7 this season.
In his two starts for Colorado, he has given up 11 earned runs on 14 hits in 8.1 innings, with eight Ks and six walks.
Sanchez has clearly been trying to throw more strikes, but that has left more hittable pitches. It’s a perfect combination for the free-swinging Giants.
Sanchez has given up at least four earned runs in each of his last six starts.
If the Giants can’t get the bats started IN COLORADO and against JONATHAN SANCHEZ, it’s time to get worried.