The Giants just lost their fifth straight game, and 8 of the last 9 games, sinking to 7-10. Giants fans are moaning everywhere.
The issue seems so very simple once I followed my instincts on what could be wrong and looked at the stats:
Buster Posey to 4/10:
- .333 BABIP
- 0.519 WPA
- 4.80 RE24 (111 run seasonal pace, roughly 11-12 wins)
- 7 games, 6 starts
- Giants are 5-2
- .174 BABIP
- -0.215 WPA
- -3.29 RE24
- 7 games/starts
- Giants are 2-8 with Posey batting third
- After 0-for-12 in 3 starts, he had a short 3 game hitting streak, hitting .333/.429/.333/.762, before an 0-for-4 again.
- Last five games: 3 walks and 3 K's in 20 AB (85% contact rate and 1.00 K/BB ratio, which are considered good).
Between Peavy and Cain, Cain is the most worrisome and yet not that far away. He had that great first start. He seems to be having a dead arm period, perhaps due to his abbreviated spring training. He dominates for 3-4 innings now and then everything explodes by the 5th inning. We might see Broadway shipped back to AAA at some point, to bring up Heston for one Cain start, then swap Broadway out for another reliever on the 40-man (Black? Gregorio?). Cain might just need one skipped start to rest and maybe work on something.