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San Francisco Giants Struggling to Keep Pace in Wild Card Race

The San Francisco Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break. Standing at 57-33 going into the midsummer classic, they were three games ahead of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, meanwhile, have continued their resurgence to potentially break the longest championships drought in all of sports at 108 years. The Giants, on the other hand, have had issues merely winning games. The Giants now stand at 80-72 locked in a three way tie with the Mets and Cardinals. That means their record since the break is 23-39. Barely winning half of their games, this collapse is starting to rival one of the greatest of all time. The Cubs, on the other hand, sit at 97-55 looking by far the most dominant team in all of baseball. The most recent team to lead the majors going into the All-Star Break and finish under .500 after the break would be the 2006 Detroit Tigers, who went 34-38. That team was barely under .500 and still made the World Series. The Giants, on the other hand, are in danger of missing the playoffs entirely. This would be unheard of.

What has contributed to such an epic collapse? Most people point their finger at the bullpen. The Giants bullpen has almost resembled a minor league patchwork of arms at times. Fans feel like it’s more likely the bullpen will blow the lead rather than somehow put a zero on the board. This lives the manager Bruce Bochy looking like a child who consumed too much sugar, rapidly moving from one arm to the next just trying to find someone who can even get outs.

This isn’t the only issue. The sheer dearth of power in the Giants’ lineup remains a major hole. Buster Posey recently endured a homeless streak that lasted over 40 games. Hunter Pence has watched his slugging percentage plummet as well. It’s difficult to win games without production from the meat of the lineup.

While this seems like a death spiral for one of the most storied franchises in sports, the Giants not only have a shot at the wild card. The Dodgers have had their own struggles. Nothing would be finer for Giants’ fans than to snatch the division from their hated rival and this is still very possible.

Hunter Pence Comes Back From Injury With Insane Catch

Hunter Pence, the right fielder of the San Francisco Giants, has had a painful year so far. In June Pence tore his right hamstring, so badly that he required surgery and missed almost two months. Then just last week he fouled off a pitch that freakishly bounced off the ground and then right back into his cheek. Luckily he only missed one game.

Last night Pence was yet again involved in a freak play. For those who don’t know, AT&T Park in San Francisco, the bullpens are on the field. It is probably the only flaw in an otherwise beautiful baseball park. In parks that have bullpens on the left and right field foul lines it adds an extra element of danger to the corner outfielders.

In the top of the 5th inning, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison came to plate with a man on second, 2 outs, and his Pirates leading by one 3-2. During his at bat, Harrison fouled off a pitch to right field. As he made the long wrong past the foul line, Pence tumbled on the bullpen mound (luckily nobody was warming up at the time) and buckled. That in itself would have not been newsworthy if not for the fact that after he fell there is no way that Pence should have made the play. See the insanity here.

Watching it in real time the first thought is “Oh, no. Is he okay?. Please don’t be hurt.” The fact that he caught it is almost an afterthought at first. It looks like it’s a fluke, that the ball just happened to land in his glove after the fall. Then when you watch it in slow motion you see how the catch is no fluke. When he tumbles and lands on his back his eyes never leave the ball until it lands safely in the leather.

With Pence’s wiry flaming beard and hair and crazy look in his eye, this catch is vintage Pence. It’s determined, incredible, and a little insane – just like Pence himself.