It’s early. Two games. And as such, it’s easy to read too much into early stats and trends.
But there’s one that could be a worrisome harbinger for the San Francisco Giants.
Coming into the 2017 season, the Giants had one unsettled position in their starting lineup: left field.
And while many Giants fans had hoped the team would improve that position through free agency or trade, the Giants preferred to fill that spot from within — with Jarrett Parker or Mac Williamson or both.
The Giants entered camp with that intention, bringing in some veterans for support.
By the end of spring, all had performed well — Parker, Williamson, Mike Morse and Chris Marrero. Williamson (quad) and Morse (hamstring) had their springs ended early by injury and aren’t expected back until late April at the earliest.
That left the Giants to open the season with a left-field platoon of Parker and Marrero, but early results have not been good — proving once again that success in spring training does not always translate into success in the regular season.
In 10 plate appearances in the first two games of the season, Giants left fielders — which includes Gorkys Hernandez — had struck out eight times.
Eight Ks in 10 PAs.
The left fielders have represented 42 percent of all Giants strikeouts in the first two games of the seaso (8 of 19).
By comparsion, Giants pitchers (Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto) have not had a single strikeout in six plate appearances in two games.
Here’s how they compare:
- LF 0-9, SF, RBI, 8 Ks, 0 BB
- SP 3-5, 2 HR, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
Again, it’s early. A 3-for-5 game can change these numbers quickly for Giants left fielders. But the lopsided nature of all those Ks is disturbing.
The Giants will see a mixed bag of righties and lefties over the next few days.
- RH Taijuan Walker (Parker)
- LH Robbie Ray (Marrero)
- RH Luis Perdomo (Parker)
- RH Jhoulys Chacin (Parker)
- LH Clayton Richard (Marrero)