Update (6:45 PM ET): The Giants lost 2-1 to the Braves on Wednesday afternoon, running their losing streak to 11 games. That’s their longest streak since 1951 when the club was still in New York.
The Giants lost again on Tuesday night, falling to the Braves 4-1. It marked their 10th consecutive loss. The Giants hadn’t lost 10 consecutive games since June 21-30, 1996.
The team record is 13 straight losses, set by the New York Giants between August 9-20, 1944, according to Baseball Reference. The New York Giants also twice lost 11 consecutive games between September 11-19, 1940 and April 19-29, 1951. The only other time it had lost 10 in a row was June 20-30, 1985.
During the Giants’ current 10-game skid, which started on September 1, the offense has been held to three or fewer runs in nine games. The pitching hasn’t been great, but the offense has fallen completely flat, batting .190/.226/.313 with 115 strikeouts in 348 plate appearances over the length of the streak.
The Braves are currently attempting to go for the sweep. Aníbal Sánchez is opposing Derek Holland on the mound. After their series with the Braves, the Giants host the Rockies before going out on their final road trip of the season against the Padres and Cardinals. They will finish out the season at home against the Padres and Dodgers. It’s safe to say that this has been a forgettable season for the Giants.
Earlier today, Craig wrote about a potential shake-up in the Giants’ front office. It didn’t take long for that to come to fruition. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have fired GM Bobby Evans.
Evans had been with the Giants for 25 years, starting in 1994 as a minor league administrative assistant. He was promoted to director of minor league operations in 1998, became the director of player personnel in 2005, then was named vice president of baseball operations in 2009. For the last four years, Evans has been the Giants’ general manager.
In part due to Evans’ influence, the Giants were quite successful, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. However, the last two years have been the Giants’ worst in quite some time. The club went 64-98 (.395) last year and enters Monday’s action 72-84 (.462) despite some splashy additions in the offseason (Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria).
There will certainly be conversations as to whether or not it’s fair that Evans is the fall guy for the Giants’ recent lack of success. But that’s part of the deal when you’re a public-facing employee in the front office of a baseball team. Pavlovic says it seems unlikely Evans remains with the organization in a different role.
The Giants have reportedly been considering hiring a “high-profile baseball operations executive” to push the team in a new direction. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that Ned Colletti is the favorite to become the new GM. The offseason is still more than a month away, so the Giants have some time to stew on their candidates and not make any rash decisions.