SAN FRANCISCO -– If the Giants looked at the team they’re chasing in the NL West, they’d see that the Dodgers are walking with a noticeable limp.
The Dodgers are grabbing all the pitching within reach, from Kevin Correia to Justin Germano the former Fausto Carmona.
Of course, it’s hard to catch someone limping along by moving backwards.
“You don’t want to look at the standings,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It doesn’t matter if we don’t pick up our play here at home. If we don’t win more ballgames, none of that is going to matter.”
The Giants have sustained breakdowns in so many areas since the first week of June. On this homestand, it’s been baserunning.
Bochy met with Gregor Blanco after he made a pair of mistakes on the basepaths, getting thrown out on a safety squeeze and later not running out of the box on a sacrifice bunt he might have beaten out. Angel Pagan was thrown out after a leadoff double when Cole Hamels caught him running on first movement.
Pablo Sandoval was thrown out by 20 feet when Tim Flannery sent him home on a two-out single, although that was a calculated gamble that looked worse than it was. A few days earlier, Hunter Pence, as good a baserunner as you'll find in the NL, misread a ground ball with the infield back, broke late and was thrown out at the plate.
It’s not just Blanco.
The whole group needs to play better, and that means being more efficient on the bases. When you aren't hitting the cover off the ball, the last thing you want to do is begin gifting outs.