Giants’ frustrating loss to Tigers ends another mediocre month originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO — The 2021 Giants were not the most talented bunch in MLB history, but few teams have ever been more consistent.
They won 107 games and shocked the rest of the league by becoming the first team since the 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers to play .600 baseball every month of the season, but it’s been a much different story a year later. The Giants went 14-7 in April, but they’ve followed that with a losing month and now a .500 month, and there are no signs that the train is getting back on track anytime soon.
Wednesday’s 3-2 loss did not look particularly bad on paper, but if you watched how it all unfolded, you saw a day in which the game was at multiple points put on a platter for the Giants. They politely passed each time, and they were undone by one of their own defining characteristics.
This is a team built on platoons, so it was no surprise when Austin Slater hit for Joc Pederson against a tough lefty reliever in the sixth. That’s what the Giants do, but on this day it burned them.
Pederson has been their best hitter throughout the inconsistent first half and his spot came up again in the seventh, this time with the bases loaded, the Giants trailing by one and a right-handed reliever on the mound. It was a spot tailor-made for Pederson, but his day was done and Slater struck out for a second time.
“I have a lot of confidence in all of our players, Slater included. I think he’s come up with some of the bigger hits we’ve had all season,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We pinch-hit early to try to get an advantage earlier in the game with the understanding that it’s possible that that spot does come back up. When it does come back up, we have a lot of confidence that the person that’s in that spot can also do some damage and get a big hit. Slater has certainly proven that this year against righties and lefties.”
The carefully orchestrated plan didn’t…