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Giants winning without run support: A fan’s perspective
Throughout this season, the San Francisco Giants have consistently been at the bottom of the runs-scored rankings in the National League. The team has somehow been able to hold onto first place in the NL West, regardless. In fact, San Francisco manages to win most of the games in which the team scores three runs or less.
How do the Giants do it? Well, maybe the team is just that good.
No runs? No problem!
San Francisco has basically been battling the San Diego Padres for the unflattering fewest runs scored in the National League for the season. Currently, San Diego has scored the fewest runs, but the Giants could easily fall behind once again. Unlike San Diego, though, San Francisco remains competitive to this day in its division. The team even leads the NL West by a half-game over the Diamondbacks as of June 13. For a team that has trouble producing runs, that is a pretty great result.
Somehow, San Francisco manages to win most of the games in which it scores three runs or fewer. Plenty of the team's games have ended with 3-2 scores in favor of the Giants. Sure, the team erupts for five runs or more every once in a while, but that isn't the norm by any means. It's quite impressive that a team can win so many games by scoring so few runs, so you might consider that the team's specialty. No, the Giants can't score too many runs yet they can still shut down opponents and come out of games with a win.
Skill, luck, or…
What's the deal with San Francisco? Obviously, the pitching staff is locked in during the contests that the Giants win with three runs or fewer. Such results can sometimes be attributed to poor offense on the part of the opposing team, too. Scoring a couple runs in one inning and then rolling with those runs only for the rest of the game can work. With that in mind, I would say that the Giants are making up for their poor offense with some pretty great defense. Starting pitchers and the bullpen are keeping opposing batters off base, while position players are making key catches and plays. I don't actually believe that the best offense is a strong defense, but the San Francisco Giants sure are taking that idea and making it work even if it's not on purpose.
Enough for a repeat championship?
In its division, San Francisco is tearing up other teams. The Giants are performing well enough against other National League opponents, too. Of course, the team must face the American League champion in the World Series should S.F. make it that far. Just imagine how the Giants would fare against a team like the Boston Red Sox. In that scenario, the light-hitting Giants might stand no chance against the offensive might of Boston. Still, anything can happen during any baseball game. San Francisco has already proven that tons of runs aren't necessary to win.
A repeat isn't that far out of reach.
For more information, visit The San Francisco Giants Site.
Derrick Williams is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and lived in the Bay area .
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