Darin Ruf’s blunder another example of Giants’ recent defensive struggles

SAN FRANCISCO — For as many strides as baseball has made in the last decade, it can still be hard to fully trust defensive metrics. They take longer to normalize, and teams do their best tracking internally. 

You could ordinarily then throw out a grain of salt when you see the Giants ranking near the bottom of the league in Defensive Runs Saved and Outs Above Average through just 40 games, but you can’t do that right now. The eye test confirms it. 

After playing extremely sloppy defense in a blowout loss on Sunday, the Giants again fell short with the gloves against the New York Mets, losing 13-3 and putting outfielder Luis González on the mound for a second straight game and third time in nine days. 

The Giants have lost five straight for the second time this month and aren’t doing anything particularly well, but the defense has been notably poor in recent games, a far cry from 2021. 

“We’re just not making enough plays,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Nobody expects us to win Gold Gloves because that’s not the type of roster that we are, it’s not the type of team that we’ve been, but we definitely need to make more plays than we’re making.” 

The Giants entered the day ranked 28th in the league in Defensive Runs Saved, ahead of only the Cincinnati Reds, who are racing toward 100 losses, and the Philadelphia Phillies, who purposely…

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