The SF Giants have struggled in the 2020 baseball simulations. Their combined record of 17-33 is tied for the fewest wins and worst winning percentage (.340) in the MLB.
They have dug themselves out of last place in two of the simulations, but have struggled mightily against divisional opponents in the early going.
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The 7-10 Baseball-Reference Giants, who had not won a series since their first one of the season, finally broke through and defeated the Padres at San Diego twice in a three-game series over the weekend.
In Sunday’s 7-1 victory, Kevin Gausman (4 GS, 1-1, 2.32, 26 strikeouts) threw seven innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts.
Then, Johnny Cueto (4 GS, 1-1, 6.00, 15), who had been struggling, upped the stakes by shutting out the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed just six hits and collected seven punchouts in 2-0 win.
If the Giants can keep this pitching going, they will be able to find themselves back in business.
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The 6-11 Strat-O-Matic Giants bounced back from losing two of three to the Padres by getting a 7-3 victory against the Reds on Tuesday.
Hunter Pence, who was activated from the IL on April 9, went 2-for-4 with a run and run batted in, as Jeff Samardzija and the Giants defeated Trevor Bauer. The San Francisco bullpen threw four scoreless innings and had four strikeouts in the win.
In ML BotBall, the injury bug has already gotten to the last place, 4-12 Giants. Pitchers Trevor Gott (sprained elbow ligament) and Shaun Anderson (torn hamstring) are both sidelined. While Gott may be back in a week, Anderson may need two months to return.
There are a couple of bright notes for San Francisco thus far this season.
Cueto (4 GS, 1-2, 2.73, 17) has thrown a complete game shutout, just like with the Baseball-Reference simulation. Brandon Belt has done his part in the lineup with the 12th-best OBP in the NL (.407).
The Giants, who had trouble with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks across the simulations, will finally face teams outside the division.
They hope to continue their success in Cincinnati and then venture to Atlanta before returning to Oracle Park for a nine-game homestand.
Note: Baseball-Reference and Strat-O-Matic standings and statistics are through games on April 14. ML BotBall standings and statistics are through games on April 13.