Six hits. Two for extra bases. With no walks.
That’s the line the Giants posted Saturday against a plethora of Cubs pitchers, and though San Francisco got some runs in, their lack of productivity at the plate has put them into elimination mode.
It’s not that they don’t have hitters, with Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, and Hunter Pence following Denard Span in the order. Span has a .350 on base percentage, and though he’s been a little flat this season, he’s got the eye and the swing.
Giants fans know what Belt, Pence and Posey can do. They just haven’t been doing it.
Posey went hitless Saturday, and both Belt and Pence only hit one single a piece. Certainly not enough to win against a lineup chock full of legitimate stars. And the Giants don’t have the pitching they did in 2010, 2012 and 2014, when Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner were pitching lights out, and the cast of supporters did the things they needed to do.
The Giants will enter their home park, down 2-0 in a five game series, with their an ice cold offense and facing Jake Arrieta, who’s sporting a 3.10 ERA and backed by the most dangerous lineup in the National League.
That’s the result of only 12 hits in two games. The Giants, for the first time in seven seasons, have had the best hitting postential in their division. From Dual leadoff hitters to a 2-3-4 that threaten the fences every time they step to the plate.
Its not an issue of not having the right players. The Giants have all they could hope for. But their power is without ignition, their faster contact hitters without the necessary conviction.
San Francisco must get it going quickly, or they’ll be watching the Championship Series from their couches, instead of in the dugout, with their coaches.