The Giants got off to a hot start in 2016, winning five of its first seven games, including three of four against its arch rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Now, all of a sudden on this recent road trip to Colorado and Los Angeles, the Giants have been hit with the injury bug, and they are dropping like flies.
Buster Posey missed a few games after taking a foul tip off his foot, and while he came back in the series finale and played through the Dodgers series, he clearly is not right and has gone hitless in four games.
Sergio Romo started feeling soreness in his elbow and has been shut down for two to three weeks with a strained flexor tendon. Utility man Ehire Adrianza fractured his foot after fouling a ball, and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
The Giants summoned Derek Law and Mac Williamson to take their spots, and while Law is capable of giving the Giants a strong relief option in place of Romo, which he showed in his debut by throwing a scoreless inning while striking out the side, Williamson was somewhat of an odd replacement for an injured infielder given he plays exclusively outfield.
The Giants are now down to just one backup infielder in Kelby Tomlinson, and, quite frankly, not a great option. His defense has been shaky, and his bat is just not there.
Additionally, Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford have been dealing with various nagging injuries that have been playing through, and Matt Duffy is mired in a huge offensive slump and hitting just .188 through 50 plate appearances.
The Giants were expected to have a deep lineup from top to bottom, but have been struggling mightily. One problem is they may have gotten too “homer” friendly, as they sit in second in the National League in home runs. But when you become too home run friendly, you get away from fundamental hitting and focusing on keeping the line moving, which the Giants are currently struggling with. There were multiple times this recent road trip where they had runners on base, but the Giants consistently popped up or had “unproductive” outs by not moving the runner over.
We have seen this in the past, where the Giants go on a home run streak, and they usually fix themselves in a matter of a few weeks. Thats what makes hitting coach Bam Bam Muelens so special, his ability to work with all hitters and fix their swing.
While the season is still young, this is something they need to get fixed sooner rather than later. And get healthy.
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