Originally written July 16, 2013 on The Giants Cove:
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When the San Francisco Giants won two games in a row last week against the struggling San Diego Padres, a glimmer of hope seemed to appear amid the nightmare of the 2013 season. Then San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum threw the 15th no hitter in Giants' franchise history Saturday against the Padres and fans flooded the local sports talk radio airwaves with the news that the team's troubles were over. The next day San Diego not only scored 10 runs to win the last game before the All Star Break, they held San Francisco to a single run. As so often happens excited fans resisted letting actual statistical data get in the way of their firmly held belief that the San Francisco Giants have indeed turned their year around. And the pesky reality check? In the thirteen July games played by Giants leading up to the All Star Game, the team went 4-9, scoring 46 runs-- 3.53 runs per game. Opposing teams scored 61 runs-- 4.69 per game. And, amazingly, that counts...
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