If Giant fans are looking for any silver lining about this rancid night of baseball for them… they lost another low scoring game and the Padres took over first place because the Dodgers just… don’t… care… they can find comfort knowing that tomorrow night, the Padres reign of dominance ends.
You see for the past month or so, the Padres are incapable of putting together a winning streak, unless they are playing Los Angeles.
Don’t believe me?
On August 25th, the Padres beat the D’Backs to take a 6 1/2 game lead over the Giants. They had the best record in the National League and were in line to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Since then? They are 9-17… struggling to even qualify for the post season.
They went on their epic 10 game losing streak…
And along the way they lost series to:
The Phillies, The Diamondbacks, The Rockies, the Giants and the Cardinals.
They have won 2 series… one against Colorado and now two against the Dodgers.
They swept the Dodgers at the beginning of September and are on the verge of sweeping them again.
So keep this in mind: In games since August 25th against teams NOT called the Dodgers, the Padres record is a mind boggling 4-17.
Just imagine if the Dodgers actually gave a damn and tried. (I watched the game tonight and last night… LA is on autopilot. In the same stretch they are 8-17… essentially the Padres equivalent.)
The Padres have 1 more game against LA (an easy win for San Diego.)
Then they face a Reds team that has home field advantage in their sites, a Cubs team that is suddenly hot and then the showdown with the Giants to end the season.
I have a feeling they will end up nostalgic for the Dodgers games.
Well, I already made the “Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week To Quit…” joke from Airplane.
But I can honestly say right now the Giants need Willie Mays… NOW… at age 79…
He could easily hit 6th on this Giants team.
They’ve gone into Wrigley Field and scored a run.
If Buster Posey’s flyball doesn’t clear the wall last night they would have been shut out two straight nights.
Want a scary stat?
In the Giants last 13 games they have scored 38 runs.
That’s just under 3 runs a game. Not good for a pennant contender.
Want some scarier numbers?
Those 38 runs INCLUDES the 7 run outburst on September 9th, the 6 run game on September 12th, the 10 run game on September 16th and the 9 run game on Sunday the 19th.
So 32 of the 38 runs were scored in those 4 games.
Ready for some scary division?
In 9 critical “can’t really afford to drop a game” stretch run games, the Giants scored a total of 6 runs.
Not per game.
This September they have lost 6 games where they have held the opposition to 3 runs or fewer.
Chew on that as they fall out of the playoff picture for at least a day and head to Colorado after tomorrow’s game.
Bumgarner is on the mound. Hopefully the Giants can have one of their fluke offensive outbursts.
So the Sox didn’t get swept by the Orioles. It’s been that kind of stretch run where THAT is the branch I cling to so I can feel better.
A nice good old fashioned not close win. A few homers. Some nice pitching from Lackey. Boom! A win.
There are 10 games left including 6 with the Yankees that, barring one of the most staggering collapses in baseball history, will be meaningless.
Here’s all I want from the Sox for the rest of the year.
If they go 6-4 I can feel OK.
Naturally I don’t feel great about this season that has fallen short. But with all the injuries and disappointments and slumped shoulders and staying home in October… to end up with 90 wins will feel pretty good in terms of looking forward to 2011.
Ahhh how our expectations lower in a disappointing year.