The Giants haven't even played in San Francisco yet, and it is already shaping up to be a long and frustrating season. To make matters worse, the Giants no longer have slugger Barry Bonds to excite the home crowd.
After spending the first week of the season on the road, San Fransisco hopes to get things turned around Monday at AT&T Park as it opens an 11-game homestand with a three-game set against the San Diego Padres.Bonds was the face of the Giants (1-5) for the past 15 seasons, as fans celebrated his pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run mark of 755 and cheered his "Splash Hits" into McCovey Cove. San Francisco announced in September it was cutting ties with Bonds, however, and the seven-time NL MVP finished out the 2007 season with 762 career homers."We have to find a way to understand what the situation is and to understand that we don't have him anymore, and go at it the best way we can without him," said Giants catcher Bengie Molina, who is 4-for-21 (.190) on the season. "He's obviously going to be missed."San Francisco's offense has gotten off to a horrible start to its first year post-Bonds, hitting only two home runs and scoring just 12 times.The Giants lost 7-0 at Milwaukee on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep in which they were outscored 25-8."We're excited even though we're limping home here a little bit," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's always a great day when you have your home opener. You're in front of your fans. We just want to get this turned around when we get home and get some wins under our belts, get some confidence with this club."Bochy gives the ball to Matt Cain (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in the home opener.Cain allowed three hits, four walks and struck out five in 5 2-3 scoreless innings of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In six April starts since the beginning of last season, Cain has a 1.33 ERA but only a 1-1 record to show for it.The right-hander had no luck against the Padres in 2007, going 0-3 with a 2.41 ERA in six starts -- all losses for the Giants. The year before, however, he was 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts versus San Diego (4-3).The Padres counter with Greg Maddux (0-0, 4.50), who has been outstanding against San Francisco lately.The four-time Cy Young Award winner is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts versus the Giants since May 9, 2003. In three starts against San Francisco last season, Maddux went 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA.The future Hall of Famer lost his first start at AT&T Park in 2000, but has posted a 2.72 ERA in winning his last six starts there.In his first start of 2008, Maddux gave up four runs and six hits -- including three home runs -- in six innings of Wednesday's 9-6 loss to Houston, but was not a factor in the decision.San Diego fell 3-2 to the Dodgers on Sunday, as closer Trevor Hoffman was charged with his second loss of the season's first week after allowing Chin-lung Hu's tiebreaking RBI single in the top of the ninth inning."That's the way it goes. You're not going to win every game," right fielder Brian Giles told the Padres' official Web site.Giles is 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run and four RBIs in his last four games.The Padres went 14-4 against the Giants last season, including a 6-3 mark at AT&T Park.