The Giants are 58-50, exactly three back of LA in the West. The Dodgers have played 108 games as well. San Francisco is tied with Atlanta for top spot in the Wild Card chase, leading Pittsburgh and St. Louis by a hair (1/2 game) and a scosche (one game). The Cardinals just acquired John Lackey from the Red Sox. The defending World Series Champs have traded away three of their starters! Here's the season so far:
First inning, 10-8,
Second inning, 13-5,
Third inning, 12-6,
Fourth inning, 8-10,
Fifth inning, 6-12,
Sixth inning, 9-9.
This last inning had a nice stretch where the team won 8 of 11, but they followed that with 0-for-6 before salvaging a win yesterday. This inning sort of summed up the whole bi-polar season. The Giants play well or they play poorly, they don't seem to have a middle ground. They stomped the Dodgers early in the season, winning 7 of the first 10 games between the two clubs, then got their asses kicked last weekend. The Giants scored 123 runs in May and scored 85 runs in July. Like I said, bi-polar. The injuries are to blame, of course, gutting the team of any semblance of depth and forcing quite a bit of roster-bation. And the guys who have been healthy (other than Hunter Pence) have not delivered what we expected. They've got two months to turn it around--exactly 54 games, three seasonal innings. At this point it is anybody's guess what they will do. I could see them collapsing completely and taking themselves out of the race. I could see them getting their shit together and making a legit run. I could see them muddling along, staying close, driving us all crazy with "will they/won't they?" questions before having it all decided in the last two weeks. Weird team, man. Weird season.
Giants are in New York for four with the Mets starting Friday at 4:10 Pacific. Vogelsong, Peavy, Bumgarner, and Hudson are scheduled.