There has been a whole lot of strangeness going on by China Basin.
The defense of the Giants’ World Championship has hit some unexpected snags.
In late July, the Giants took 2 of 3 IN Philadelphia and took a 4 game lead over Arizona in the West. Then they got Carlos Beltran to spark the offense. Winning the west was merely a formality.
Instead in 17 games, they went from 4 games up to 3 1/2 back of Arizona.
A 7 1/2 game swing in less than 3 weeks!
So after the Braves series, the Giants saw the lowly Astros and the not exactly world beater Padres were on deck. And during those games the Diamondbacks went on a 6 game losing streak.
The Giants won just one game during the D’Backs slide… and they were playing two of the worst teams in the league.
If the Giants don’t win the Division, or are scrambling in the last week and throwing Lincecum on short rest, remember August. Remember these series against the Astros and the Padres.
These games count just as much as the games at the end of September.
Let’s hope the Giants didn’t lose the Division here the way the Padres did last year.