Giants vs. Reds stat pack

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Giants vs. Reds stat pack

The Giants have thrown 3 straight shutouts. The last team to throw 4 straight was the 1995 Baltimore Orioles who threw 5 straight the last 5 games of the season. The last N.L team to throw 4 straight was the 1985 Montreal Expos. The Giants have never thrown 4 straight shutouts in their 130 years of existence.

Longest Scoreless Inning Streaks in SF History
May 10-14, 1960 35
May 16-18, 1964 31
Sept 4 -7, 2010 31
July 5-9, 1988 30
August 18-21, 2002 28
August 31-Sept 2, 1967 27
April 2-5, 2002 27
June 25-27, 2012 27
Active Streak

Earlier this season in Cincinnati, the Reds took 2 of 3 from the Giants.
GiantsReds First Series

SF CIN Wins 1 2 Runs 10 18 AVG 0.265 .310 RISP 4-22 6-26 HR 3 5 ERA 5.4 2.67 Giants Offense vs Reds at AT&T Park last 2 Seasons

2010 2011 Games 3 4 Rec 2-1 2-2 Avg .398 .232 Runs 38 9 HR 7 1
The Giants have the 3rd best record at home in the N.L. at 24-14
Giants at AT&T Park this season

1st 18 Games Last 20 Games Record 9-9 15-5 AVG .256 .263 RGM 2.9 3.9 HR 6 7 ERA 2.37 2.45 All in last 6 Home Games
Madison Bumgarner by Month

April May June Starts 5 5 5 Rec 4-1 1-3 4-0 ERA 2.53 3.71 3.03 K's 17 30 37 Madison BumgarnerCareer vs Reds
3 Starts
0-2 Record
8.56 ERA
.361 Opp Avg
3 Home Runs
Highest ERA vs any N.L. Team

Pablo Sandoval and David Wright are down to the wire for the starting 3B position on the N.L. All-Star Team:

Sandoval Wright Games 41 72 AVG .306 .357 HR 5 8 RBI 23 47 OB .360 .449 Slug 0.459 0.559
Melky Cabrera has 34 multi-hit games just 76 games into the season. Last year, Pablo Sandoval led the Giants for the entire season with 34 multi-hit games.
Multi-Hit Games Leaders
2011

2012
Adrian Gonzalez 66
Melky Cabrera 34 Melky Cabrera 61
Ian Kinsler 32 Miguel Cabrera 61
Miguel Cabrera 30 Michael Young 61
Jose Altuve 30

Adrian Beltre 30
Johnny Cueto has won his last 4 starts with a 1.47 ERA and is having an All-Star season:
N.L. ERA Leaders
Brandon Beachy ATL 2 Ryan Dempster CHC 2.11 Wade Miley AZ 2.19 Johnny Cueto CIN 2.21 Ryan Vogelsong SF 2.23 Matt Cain SF 2.27 R.A. Dickey NYM 2.31
Johnny CuetoCareer vs Giants
3 Starts
2-0 Record
1.64 ERA
.221 Opp Avg
1 Shutout
Lowest ERA vs any N.L. Team

Johnny Cueto has been terrific in controlling the running game. He has not allowed a stolen base in his last 205.1 innings. The longest active streak in the N.L.
Joey Vottoby Month

April May June Games 22 28 24 AVG 0.289 0.355 .407 HR 2 6 6 RBI 15 14 18 Slug 0.5 0.677 0.733

Leads N.L. Joey VottoThis Season
N.L. Rank
.353 Avg 3rd
.478 OB 1st
.643 Slug 1st
4.2 WAR 1st

Jay Bruce has become a major power hitterby Season

2010 2011 2012 HR 25 32 17 ABHR 20.4 18.3 15.1 Slug 0.493 0.474 0.521

3rd in N.L.
Aroldis Chapman has proven himself human after an out-of-this world start

1st 24 Games Last 8 Games SavesOpps 67 36 Innings 29.0 7.1 Hits 7 9 Runs 1 8 Strikeouts 52 12 Home Runs 0 3 Unearned

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants dropping series vs Braves

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants dropping series vs Braves

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO — The kid who raced The Freeze on Thursday night blew a tire as he hit center field, hobbled for about 50 feet, and then went down for good. He still had a better night than the Giants. 

They blew all four tires in the fifth, giving up eight runs in a nightmare frame that turned a two-run lead into a 12-11 loss. The Giants finished 1-7 on the swing through Denver and Atlanta, and they have lost 18 of their last 23 games. 

But, let’s face it, you’re here already. So here are five more things to know from the night … 

—- Matt Cain was hanging in there until the fifth, and then … disaster. The inning started with Brandon Phillips’ solo shot that cut the lead to one. Then it went single, single before Cain was relieved by Bryan Morris. After that, it was single, single, single, sacrifice fly, homer, flyout, walk, single, pitching change, single. 

—- Morris had to wear it in the fifth because the bullpen is short, and boy, did he wear it. Morris gave up five runs on five hits and a walk. His ERA jumped two full points in two-thirds of an inning. 

—- Kyle Crick made his MLB debut in that horrendous bottom of the fifth. The Giants surely did not want to bring him in with runners on, but Bruce Bochy had no choice when Morris blew up. Crick’s first pitch was a 95 mph heater. After giving up a hit in that inning, he pitched a perfect sixth and perfect seventh. Crick topped out at 97 mph. Pretty, pretty good stuff there. He needs to get a long look the rest of this year. 

—- In the second, Buster Posey hit a ball that went 311 feet and had a hit probability of just six percent. Cain hit a ball 357 feet. Posey got a homer that bounced off the top of the wall; Cain just got a double. Baseball is such an odd game.  

—- On a positive note, Javi Lopez, who calls Brandon Belt “Sparky,” repeatedly referred to Posey as Gerald. He’s going to be good at this job. 

Why you shouldn't freak out in June about Cueto's opt-out

Why you shouldn't freak out in June about Cueto's opt-out

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a very important fact you need to keep in mind when talk of Johnny Cueto’s opt-out comes up, as it so often will over the next six weeks: The Giants always expected him to opt-out after this season, from the moment the ink was dry on the six-year, $130-million contract. 

When you sign at the top of your game and have a chance to hit the market at 31 years old and cash out a second time, you take it. Those are just the rules of professional sports. On the day Cueto was introduced, his agent, Bryce Dixon, said the two-year opt-out was important because they felt Cueto didn’t get a totally fair shot at free agency. 

“Johnny, a little bit unfairly, had a lot of questions about his arm,” Dixon said in December of 2015. “I felt we could reestablish his actual value … He knows he’s as good as (David) Price and (Zack) Greinke, but his situation was a little different.”

The Giants were fine with this, too. The flip side of the opt-out is that if you have the chance to pay a dominant right-hander $46 million over two years, and then escape his mid- to late-thirties, you do it. Every time. You don’t even blink. 

So, here we are, in June of the second year of that deal, with reports that Cueto will opt out. You should take a deep breath because you should have already expected this. But if you didn’t, take comfort in this: By all indications, Cueto has not made a decision, even with the Giants having an unimaginably poor season. 

First of all, Cueto can't make a decision in June. What if the blisters return and he repeats his April ERA a couple more times? What if his elbow starts barking? There are no guarantees with pitchers, and until Cueto gets through the second season, there will be no finality with his decision. 

Aside from the fact that he really can’t make that decision, though, sources insist Cueto hasn’t made up his mind or even thought much about it. People familiar with his thinking continue to say the focus has been baseball all season long, from spring training through his last start. 

Cueto is said to be happy in San Francisco and he enjoys pitching in front of the crowd at AT&T Park. His biggest concern has been wins and losses, and in that respect, this has been a disappointing year for all involved. 

That record has brought the Giants to a crossroads, and this is where it gets interesting. The easy solution is to trade Cueto next month, avoid the opt-out situation entirely, and add prospects to a system lacking them. But, it’s complicated. The Giants do not intend a full teardown, and if they’re going for it again in 2018 — with their core of Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Madison Bumgarner, etc. locked in, that’s the plan — they’ll want that second ace at the top of the rotation. And if Bumgarner doesn’t return to form after an injury, they’ll need Cueto’s presence. 

The Giants have until July 31 to decide what to do with Cueto. He has until three days after the World Series ends to decide what to do with his contract. Here in June, by all indications, those decisions haven’t been made.