There is no crying in baseball, but in all fairness, the Giants have had their fill of injuries that could’ve cost them the season. In August, Giants actually outscored their opponents 124 to 114, but dropped six one-run games and lost four two-run games. The non-injured Giants had to pull more than their share, considering all these injuries:
Joe Panik: Missed 28 of 29 games (back)
Angel Pagan: Missed 22 games (knees)
Hunter Pence: Missed 13 games (oblique)
Nori Aoki: Missed eight games (concussion)
Brandon Crawford: Missed five games (oblique)
So considering what they were up against in player injuries, they were still able to accumulate a lucky 13 wins and a near .500 month. And here’s how:
Brandon Belt, one of the players to stay healthy, scored 2 homers to help keep the stats solid.
World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner continues to bring the hits, possibly making him the official ‘Boy of Summer’.
May 21: 6 1/3 innings, 0 runs
June 28: 7 2/3 innings, 2 earned runs
July 25 7 innings, 1 earned run
August 16: 9 innings, 0 runs
August 21: 6 1/3 innings, 3 earned runs
Pitching: 5-0, 37 2/3 innings, 1.43 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 53 strikeouts, 4 walks
Batting: 5 for 18, 2 homers, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 runs, a pinch-hit single
August 21st made him the first pitcher to hit 5 homers in a season in 9 years, and the first Giant to accomplish that in over 5 decades.
Kelby Tomlinson – the middle infielder has proven to be one of the heroes over the course of the season; a line drive hitter with serious wheels. With Panik out almost 30 games, Tomlinson turned in a .328/.394/.469 slash line in August. His .863 OPS in August was second among Giants with at least 50 at-bats.
Matt “Duffman” Duffy – the Panda’s replacement turned out to be a significant upgrade, piling up the stats and steady as a surgeon with his consistent performance since taking over third-base in May. Kris Bryant slumped, Joc Pederson slumped — Duffman’s been a rock. For my money, he’s the Rookie of the Year.
Well into September, the valiant efforts of the non-injured may not balance out the injured. The Giants may have lagged too far in the West to recover, but pessimism doesn’t become us. Here’s hoping the upcoming schedule allows for more highlights from Duffy, Tomlinson, Bumgarner et al.