Lots of people were really high on the San Francisco Giants this offseason, making lots of bold predictions about how they would finish over .500 and might even make the playoffs, predictions which were predicated on the Giants making some sort of quantum leap on offense from a performance that was second worst in all of baseball last year, to only the Padres, who at least have the excuse of playing in Petco Park.
But we here at UmpBump just didn’t see it happening. Still, while the Giants offensive suckage may not be surprising, it is still stunning in just how bad they are at all phases of the offensive game. They literally do everything badly – they don’t walk, they don’t hit for power, they don’t hit for average, and they strike out a ton.
The team ISO is a piddling .119, 29th in baseball. The team K% is 23 which ranks 23nd. And the team BB% of 7.4 comes in at 29th in baseball as well. Add it all up and you have a team that has scored a mere 90 runs, last in the Major Leagues.
Running through the starting lineup, it is easily possible to come up with at least one mind-bogglingly horrendous fact for every single player, without repeating yourself. Observe:
Catcher Bengie Molina has yet to draw a single walk, meaning that his OBP is actually lower than his batting average (due to a sacrifice fly).
Travis Ishikawa has a .528 OPS. As a first baseman.
2B Manny Burress has an ISO of .025. No that is not a typo.
3B Pablo Sandoval has an unsustainably high BABIP of .360, which is bound to fall. Not a good sign since 100 percent of his value is tied up in batting average.
Light-hitting shortstop Edgar Renteria is on pace to strike out a whopping 97 times this season.
Leftfielder Fred Lewis is playing corner outfield position but has yet to hit a single homer this year, after hitting only 9 all last year.
Centerfielder Aaron Rowand has a .299 OBP.
Rightfielder Randy Winn has a .220 batting average, a real worry since his BABIP is actually not particularly low.