This team is driving me crazy. I was all set to dump on them with all sorts of invective and swearing, and they go and win and look (mostly) pretty good doing it. They are so confusing.
The Giants have THE WORST record in the major leagues after the All Star break, still. They are 9 - 18 since the break (.333). That happens to teams sometimes for short periods, but it has been a month. I can't explain why one team, with mostly the same players, was the best team in baseball and now is the worst. And you know the worst part? Teasers like tonight's 6 - 2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Because whenever that happens, I get my hopes up and then have them dashed the next day, often when they don't score at all. I could give up on this team, but I know I can't. It's like heroin, you need it even when it doesn't get you high anymore.
But you know what? The Giants have been playing .500 ball for awhile now. They have won and lost alternately since August 3 and played .500 since July 28 when they went to Washington DC. A record of .500 doesn't win you a division, but it sure beats what came before (2 - 8).
The Giants finally put a W on Madison Bumgarner's record. That is his first since July 10. Maddy went 7, allowed 0 runs, struck out 8 and walked 3. He allowed 3 hits. He has a National League leading ERA (except for Clayton Kershaw, who probably won't be able to pitch this year). Derek Law threw a perfect 8th and Romo and Lopez struggled through the 9th, giving up 2 runs before Casilla ended the game on 1 pitch.
Joe Panik, hitting! 3 hits including a pair of ground rule doubles that bounced over the wall. Denard Span, getting 2 rbi in each of 2 identical situations (runners on 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs). A 2-run home run for Brandon Belt! The Giants actually left 9 men on base in spite of scoring 6 runs. So which team will show up tomorrow? Will it be the crappy, no-scoring Giants, or the real Giants? Please, please, let them be good.
So to wrap things up, I present a list of medal counts in the 2016 Olympics on a population-weighted basis. The total number of medals a country wins, even though it incorporates many individual sports, seems to be a big thing, but wouldn't you expect a country with the larger population to win more medals? Just a random sprinkling of athletic talent would seem to indicate that it would. So although we like to see the US rack up medals, when a country like the Bahamas wins something, that is really meaningful.
Country Medals per 1,000,000
Great Britain 0.46
South Korea 0.26
US and Japan 0.19
Makes you think, doesn't it.