THE San Francisco Giants were swinging loud bats for the majority of the month before their offense quieted down this week
San Francisco has just seven points overall in its last four games, recording just one point in each of the past two contests — both losses.
Ancient Dishes right fielder Michael Conforto is absent giants‘ 2-1 loss in Toronto on Thursday and will likely be a spectator when he returns to Citi Field. He injured his left hamstring when one of his cleats got stuck in the artificial turf Wednesday during San Francisco’s 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays.
“It’s really frustrating, the timing,” Conforto told the San Francisco Chronicle of possibly sitting out against his former team. “But every time that happens, it’s frustrating. It’s not just the fact that we’re going back to New York. There’s never a good time for something like this.”
JD Davis will face Dishes for the first time since his transfer to giants last season. The third baseman had a short night Thursday after joining manager Gabe Kapler on being ejected for arguing over balls and strikes in the third inning.
“I think this guy (Davis) deserves the benefit of the doubt,” Kapler said. “I don’t think he got it, and that ticked me off.”
THE giants should activate right-hander Alex Cobb (5-2, 3.09 ERA) from the 15-day injured list to start Friday’s game. Cobb has been sidelined since quitting his June 13 start with a strained left oblique
Cobb, 35, is 1-2 with a 5.87 RRA in four career games (all starts) against the Dishes
New York will counter with right-hander Carlos Carrasco (2-3, 6.19) in Game 1 of the series.
Carrasco, 36, struggled mightily in June, going 0-1 with an inflated 7.02 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits over four innings in a no-decision game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Carrasco is 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in five career games (all starts) against the giants
New York fell to a record nine games under .500 with a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The loss was Dishes’18th in their last 24 games
“We just gotta stay in the moment. We just gotta stay in the present,” New York shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “Yeah, sometimes it’s hard not to look ahead. Even last year when we were winning a lot of series at the start of the year, celebrate the win and move on. It’s the same now. Learn and move on.
“Focus on…the San Francisco Giants, who arrive and play well. You can’t dwell on losses or celebrate wins for too long.
Brett Baty and Brandon Nimmo homered back-to-back for New York in the third inning Thursday. Tommy Pham recorded his second consecutive multi-hit performance and his third in the last five games.