The San Francisco Giants are arguably the best team in baseball and have avoided their usual June Swoon this season. The Giants have won 11 of their last 12 games and have officially caught up to the Chicago Cubs for the best record in the National League with a 47-27 record while still leading the National League West.
The Giants also posted their second eight game winning streak of the season starting two weeks ago with the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and continued with a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays before finally dropping a 1-0 game to the Pittsburgh Pirates this past Monday.
What makes the Giants and their winnings steaks so impressive is the fact that they currently aren’t 100% healthy. The Giants have lived up to the “Next Man Up” motto starting with impressive pitching from Albert Suarez, the long-term reliever who is currently filling up the starting spot of Matt Cain who was sent to the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Although Suarez hasn’t been able to get deep into the game, his offense has came through for him. With Matt Duffy also getting injured in Tampa Bay with a strained achilles, his backups which consist of Conor Gillaspie and Ramiro Peña have finally found their offensive bats and have been on a tear. In the series against the Pirates, the duo of Conor Peña have gone 6-8 with six RBI’s, but have also each committed an error each in just two games with Duffy down.
The Giants are currently on cruise control and all together have their eye on one prize, not because it’s an even year but because they finally have the strongest and best possible team to do so behind strong starting pitching and a bullpen that has finally got it figured out.