Commentary

BP Daily: A Giant obstacle

We know the Giants are weak-hitting contenders. But are they the weakest ever?

Originally Published: September 9, 2009
By Eric Seidman | Baseball Prospectus

In what may amount to a playoff matchup come October, the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies last week, 5-3. Not a bad ballgame, right? Right -- except that 5-3 score constituted the run-scoring of the entire three-game series, two games of which the Giants lost.

The Giants are no strangers to run prevention, with a starting staff that ranks among the best in baseball. Unfortunately, low scoring has also become the norm for an anemic offense that, outside of Pablo Sandoval, appears to be allergic to league-average production. While scoring an awful aggregate 3.95 runs per game, the Giants somehow begin Wednesday just three games back in the wild-card standings. Where does this Giants team rank relative to other no-hit/all-pitch teams -- and how have teams in similar straits generally fared?

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