Three silver linings from Giants' ugly loss vs. Mariners
It is easy, and fully understandable, to get caught up in Opening Day and one result. Fans have waited so long for a baseball game that counts, and given that MLB does a poor job of promoting the product in the spring, a lot of them haven't even seen a live pitch since the end of the World Series. When you watch your team blow it in Game 1, it's natural to think the sky has fallen. I
But then you wake up the next morning and realize that Giants will play 161 more of these, including one Friday night, with Johnny Cueto on the mound.
Thursday night's loss to the Seattle Mariners sucked, but it wasn't, as many Giants fans have said over the last 12 hours, an all-time bad loss. I can name three from last season that were worse, maybe even five: The two blown saves to the A's, the subsequent one in Anaheim, the walk-off at home against the San Diego Padres, and the season-ending one with a playoff spot on the line.
Still, the metrics say the Giants had a 98 percent chance of winning after the top of the eighth last night, so this loss certainly sucked. I summed all that up last night, but here are three reasons to be optimistic in the hours leading up to the second game of the season
Buster Posey made an immediate impact, homering on his first swing since 2019. The ball had the best exit velocity of the night at 106.5 mph, something you didn't say often about Posey in his last season. In 2019, he had just five hits that left the bat at that velocity, two of them homers. Neither one of those homers was pulled as much as his one Thursday night.
"Two years ago, he wouldn't have been able to do that," first baseman Brandon Belt said. "It looks like his hip is a lot healthier now and he's able to turn on those pitches. You're probably going to see a lot more of that from Buster this year