Why Can't the Giants Win on the Road?

Something ugly happens when they leave home

By Craig Fierro
|  Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 AM PDT
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Why Can't the Giants Win on the Road?

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Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain reacts to giving up an RBI single to Houston Astros' Carlos Lee in the 8th inning.

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How can a team that plays so well and is so confident at home, play so bad on the road?  The Giants just finished winning six of seven games on their latest homestand. Three of those wins were against the defending World Champion Phillies

So naturally, the team goes to Houston to play the sub-.500 Astros, and they lose.  Not even Matt Cain pitching a complete game could earn a victory.  For those who might say, calm down, it's only one game -- consider the numbers.

The Giants are now 21-32 on the road. The Diamondbacks, Indians and Reds are just a few of the bottom feeding teams that have better road records.  What makes it even more confusing is the Giants have the best home record in baseball (37-16).  The team's "split personality" has to confuse manager Bruce Bochy.

How did they fall to Houston on Monday night? The long ball did in Cain. Leading 2-0, he gave up home runs to Geoff Blum and Kaz Matsui.  Matsui's two run shot put Houston ahead for good in the sixth inning.  With the loss, Cain fell to 12-3 with a 2.25 ERA.

The Giants will look to improve their road record Tuesday night when Jonathan Sanchez takes the mound.

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