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San Francisco Giants Off To Bad Second Half Start

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MLB – San Francisco Giants

The best team in Baseball before the All-Star Break is off to a 1-6 start in the second half.

Going into the All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants were riding the best record in baseball. At 57-33, they had finally topped the Chicago Cubs for the best record in the majors.

After the All-Star break, however, the Giants pitching has just not been the same. The Giants starting rotation has allowed at least four runs in the first five games of the second half.

The Giants starting staff has also gave up more home runs than normal since the break. After their starters had allowed only eleven multi home run starts before the break, they have allowed five such starts since the All-Star break.

Before the break, the Giants starters ranked third in the majors with a 2.4% home run rate and had pitched to a 3.48 ERA that was fourth best in the majors.

Pitching is not the only problem for the Giants in the second half. They have been outscored 21-35 in their seven games since the break. This is shocking because they opened the second half against the lowly San Diego Padres.

With the Giants missing key pieces like Hunter Pence and Joe Panik, it is no wonder why the Giants offense to off to a bad start.

One thing the Giants can look forward to is the trade deadline. They are in desperate need of bullpen help and maybe even another bat in the order. San Francisco has been connected to rumors about New York Yankees fire baller Aroldis Chapman. He would greatly help a team that is struggling like the Giants.

If the Giants can add the right pieces at the deadline and get healthy, they have enough starting pitching talent to carry this team. It will be interesting to see what kind of team the Giants are after the August 1st trade deadline.