Giants latest loss to Dodgers shows just how big the gap was originally on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO — When it comes to their final position in the National League West, the reigning division champions think of it as a twisted version of a famous “Fast and the Furious” line. It doesn’t matter if the Giants lose an inch or a mile, losing is losing.
The Giants lost 5-0 on Friday-evening to kick off the last series of the year against the Dodgers. They are now 30 1/2 games behind a team that took the division title earlier this week, but ahead of the game, manager Gabe Kapler said the gap won’t keep him off the night this season.
“They’ve been the better baseball team all year,” Kapler said. “From the perspective of the distance between us in the standings, it’s disappointing and annoying, but it’s a bit irrelevant. If you don’t win the division and you’re not in the play-offs, there’s plenty to be disappointed about. to be.” You don’t have to stack anything related to an exact number of games.”
There’s no real difference between finishing 20 or 30, but on Friday night it was hard to feel that the gap between these two franchises is anything but huge, even with what happened last season.
The Giants had only two hits and the first came in the sixth when Luis Gonzalez snuck a roller down the mound. They were completely overpowered by right-handed Dustin May, who might have made all the difference last season had he not needed surgery from Tommy John. The Giants won a division title behind their own young righthander, Logan Webb, but on Friday, Webb was charged with four runs and lasted only four innings.
The loss was the 13th in 17 games against the Dodgers this season, beating the Giants 88-50. They were particularly helpless in the second half, as they dropped out of the playoff race and the Dodgers took another 100-win season.
This is nothing new in the West, but it’s worrying that it’s happening so deep in a reboot. The Giants finished 18 games behind the Dodgers in 2018 and 29 games in 2019. In the shortened 2020 season, they were 14 back after 60 games.
This deficit is just as bad, and it comes a year after the Giants thought they had turned things around.
It’s back to the drawing board for everyone, including Webb, who dominated the Dodgers last season but has now been hit hard a few times in six weeks.
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Webb said his stuff was good, but his execution was lacking. He gave up seven hits in four innings and needed 90 pitches to retire 12.
“When I left something on the board, they took advantage,” he said. “A lineup of nine All-Stars is going to do that.”
The short night put a small dent in Webb’s hopes of making 200 innings – he’s at 182 with three starts left – but he wasn’t reeling too much. He said he wished he had another start against the Dodgers this season, even though they’ve been so hard on him lately.
“I like competing against the best,” Webb said.
A year after a shocking NL West result, there’s no question who that currently is, and there’s no doubt how much work the Giants have ahead of them if they want to catch up again.
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