The SF Giants offense, coming into the series against the Reds, was clearly one of the top two or three offenses in the NL, scoring an average of 5 runs per game during the second half of the season, and over 5 runs per game on the road all season
long; featuring a lineup boasting the National League’s best hitter and likely MVP.
In the last two games against the Reds, the team has managed 1 hit during the first seven innings of both games, largely laying to waste any illusions Brian Sabean might have about next season.
Not changing the lineup, not replacing Crawford with Arias, not dropping Sandoval to fifth and getting Posey up third…. Does Bochy realize they are in a do or die?
UPDATE: Well, it’s the eighth, Arias is finally in, but really, I think Bochy really dropped the ball here. If today wasn’t the day to make some changes and shake up the team, I don’t know when you would. He needed to do something. This was not the time for “staying with what got you here.”
As of right now, we’re looking at a 17 inning stretch in which the Giants have had a total of 3 hits.
UPDATE: Wow. We got lucky. Maybe that’s all we need. Sure hope so.