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How Bad Is the Giants' Offense?

The San Francisco Giants all but bowed out of the playoff chase on Tuesday night, with Matt Cain getting shelled in Arizona, while the Rockies were winning a wild one over the Padres, boosting Colorado's lead in the wild card to five games with 11 games to play.

As such, we were denied the small pleasure that would have come from seeing the team with the worst offense in the major leagues (at least as defined by team OPS) playing in the postseason.

Just for kicks, let's put into context just how awful a team OPS of .699 really is:

*It's roughly the equivalent of an entire lineup of Brian Schneiders (career OPS: .697).

*It's basically like fielding an entire lineup of No. 8 hitters. (Across all of MLB, No. 8 hitters have posted a .706 OPS this season.) Or, if you prefer, like batting the Chicago White Sox's typical No. 9 hitter (.699 OPS this year) in every spot in your order.

*Or, to turn the equation around, it's sort of like facing Johan Santana in every single game of the season. (Santana's opponents' OPS this year: .692)

*It's essentially the same caliber offense as the 102-loss Washington Nationals of 2008 (team OPS: .696).

Yeah, that's bad.

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 23, 2009; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Giants  | Tags: Giants, playoffs  
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Wow, that is just brutal. Goes to show you what a killer pitching staff they put together out there in the off season. To band the front office ripped off their fans but not getting some free agent bats in the offseason or making some deals at the deadline. Adam Dunn would have looked nice in orange and black for example.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | September 23, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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