After a 98-loss season in 2017, the Giants went out and added former All-Star bats Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria to the lineup. Not much has changed, and Brian Sabean is sick of it.
The Giants rank near the bottom in multiple offensive categories -- 18th in batting average (.245), 24th in on-base percentage (.308), 26th in slugging percentage (.380), 26th in OPS (.688), 27th in home runs (111), 25th in RBI (482) and 25th in runs scored (509). Sabean, the Giants' executive vice president of baseball operations, has watched the offense continually fail to score, and he did not hold back when asked about it Thursday on KNBR.
"If you put your finger on what our problem's been, we've got a 1960s offense," Sabean said. "We have the damndest time scoring on the road, and when we face good or power pitching, we're very inept, don't have a nose for the RBI, strikeout too much, and you can't do that if you don't hit a lot of home runs.
"And we have not been any form of consistent. Maybe a little bit more presentable to the eye at home, but we've got to become more dynamic. If that takes doing it with other players, we're prepared to do that."
Sabean and the rest of the Giants' front office has been loyal to the team's core veterans. That time might be coming to close, and soon.
"We were very respectful and doubled down on our core, and for some reason, they couldn't stay on the field, and for some reason, they weren't playing to their baseball cards this year," Sabean said. "We're more open-minded than ever -- whether it's now or especially going into the offseason -- to shake things up.
"Guys are really playing for their place on the '19 team in my mind right now."
The Giants (63-66) are nine back in the NL West and eight back in the wild card race with 33 games remaining.