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Just when you thought the Giants season couldn’t get any worse

Jul 10, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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Less than an hour ago we learned about Chad Gaudin getting arrested for lewdness. Then the Giants-Mets game started and Matt Cain came in and pitched all of two-thirds of the first inning, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks. And then he was yanked after throwing 36 pitches.

No word yet on whether he is injured or was merely horrifically bad today, but the Giants beat writers in attendance are speculating that something is not right with the Giants’ ace.

For three years Giants fans complained (but not really complained) about “torture.” Now they’re actually experiencing it.

  1. rugrat907 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    And his last start – 2.1 IP, 8 ER, 4 BB 1 K.

    • baseballisboring - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Is his velocity down? That’s usually a good place to start…I didn’t see either game.

      • rvnc - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        No command.

      • mpzz - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Too big a salary. No more motivation. Same as Zito. Same as Pence. Same as Pagan. Same as Affeldt.

  2. gigab0t - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    2 championships in 3 years, i don’t feel bad for giants fans

    • hcf95688 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Considering a majority of the giants “fans” discovered the team in the past ten years, no, neither do I.

      • nineroutsider - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Those band-wagoners are annoying, but they enable the team to spend more money. Plus, any team that wins draws bandwagon fans, especially if they build a baseball park that becomes a hangout destination. I can assure that many Giants fans are die-hards…

      • bluburt - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        Majority…?

        Every team has bandwagon fans, but c’mon now dude, this ain’t the Clippers…

      • Marty - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        The Giants were steadily selling out weekday games from 2002-2009, and the place was/is a party on Friday-Saturday, win or lose.

        On the other hand, I got a $5 ticket to Wrigley last season on a Saturday in June. Had pickings of any seat in the park.

      • xmatt0926x - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        There isn’t a fanbase in the world for any sport known to man that doesn’t have a good share of frontrunners or whatever you want to call them. It’s human nature and not an issue at all.

        The only issue is the fans who feel that their teams fans are somehow immune to this and are ALL diehards. They aren’t. Get over it.

      • hcf95688 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        Majority.

        If they historically drew like they do now they would have never left Candlestick.

  3. hcf95688 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I’m watching the game. He was pissed when Bochy came out of the dugout. It is interesting to note that neither visit – Botchy’s or Righetti’s – included team trainers.

    • hittfamily - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Botchy…..Freudian slip eh?

      • hcf95688 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        haha! good catch!

  4. specialkindofstupid - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Hope Cain is okay.

    In other news, when asked what could be done regarding the Giants’ woes, Pablo Sandoval responded: “Oh, I wouldn’t worry. This is nothing that cannot be fixed by my eating an entire sheet cake.” When asked what his comment had to do with anything, Sandoval asked: “Are you going to finish that sandwich?”

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    They’ve won 2 of the last 3 World Series. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for them.

  6. paperlions - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I actually thought their season could get worse….so I was right!

    • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      So, they make hats that size, huh?

      • paperlions - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Yep.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        That’s it?

        Boooo!!!!

      • paperlions - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Yep.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Fine. I’ll have a nice day.

      • paperlions - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        :-)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Will you be less grumpy if I remind you that you’ll probably get to make plenty of Tigger jokes in the am since Poorcello is pitching?

      • paperlions - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        I’m not grumpy….just can’t think of anything clever to say.

        ..and they DO make hats my size. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        I know they do. I was totally joking (unlike the mute down-thumbers there).

      • abaird2012 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Tinfoil ones.

  7. redux23 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    what’s worse is that they are currently watching what could have been their future, and that future is presently no-hitting them through 3.

    • nineroutsider - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Who doesn’t no-hit the Giants these days? My boys couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag. Most of their pitchers couldn’t hit the G-Spot on a 100 foot woman…

      What funny though, they could still make a run and turn this thing around. OK, so 2012 dies hard, but its so strange to see them falling apart like this.

      Still, 2 outta 3 does make it feel a lot better. Many of us Giants fans have been with the team since Candlestick by the way…

  8. digbysellers - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    It actually could get worse. They could conceivably sign Ty Wigginton.

    • rvnc - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Please don’t joke about things like that…

  9. rvnc - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Didn’t look right from first pitch, and hasn’t looked right all season. If he’s not hurt I say give him a few starts off to get his head straight and to work on mechanics. Right now it’s not going to make things any worse by giving him a break….

    • nineroutsider - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      He had a couple good starts before his last 2. The baseball gods are just taking everything they gave the Giants over the last few years all at once. They catch no breaks, all of the manager’s calls go against him now, if the pitchers are throwing well they can’t and when they are hitting well they can’t pitch or play defense. They batted out of order which I’ve never seen before. Bochy botched a double switch. Lots of strange stuff happening on the diamond for my Giants…and none of its good.

      • rvnc - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        The main problem obviously is the pitching. When only one starter has an era of under 4 you are in trouble. The bullpen (which to be fair has been unbelievable over the last 3 years) has cracked a few times over the past few weeks and ultimately lost them a few games. Guys like Cain and Affeldt have been outstanding for the Giants for years and I think they’ve just hit a wall and need some time to get themselves together. This season is probably a bust but we know this group of players can contend again in the future.

      • nineroutsider - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        I agree and hope that the All-Star break gives them a little gas. They look like a team that has played a few extra months of baseball compared to most teams, but that’s no excuse. What would be great though is if they turn it around and make everyone eat their words…again. Even with these struggles, I have a hard time doubting them still…

  10. APBA Guy - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I’m always reluctant to say too much about the Giants’ woes since I don’t watch them nearly as much as I watch the A’s. But this is a team that is built around the starting staff. When they were right, the starters went deep and the bullpen came in fresh, with excellent results. The offense in the championship years was Posey plus whoever was hot (Huff, Panda, Pence, etc) and they scored enough knowing the pitchers would hold down the opposing offense.

    So when that bottom card gets pulled out of the house, everything else collapses, and that’s what we’re seeing. Part of it is a progression: Lincecum has been going downhill, Barry has not been anything close to what he was as an Athletic. Part of it is age (Vogelsong), and part of it is we don’t know yet (Cain). But Cain’s the one the Giants should really be worried about, because he’s the one with the long-term deal going forward.

    The bottom line is that even if Cain wakes up tomorrow and goes back to being a 2.90 ERA guy, are he and Mad-Bum enough to support this bullpen and this offense?

  11. redux23 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    bochy just said in his post game presser that cain is fine. simply, wanted to pull him out because during his last outing cain had to grind it out and bochy didn’t want to have him do that again.

  12. thebadguyswon - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    World Champs last year.

    Dog shit this year. SF sucks.

    Thanks for Wheeler, btw!!

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