The Giants finished off the Dodgers today, winning 9-3 on the strength of another team effort. Improbably, San Francisco has surged forward into first place (2.5 game lead) during what I wrote would be the first real test of the season, back on June 10th:
As Brian Sabean watches the waiver wire for more castoffs and has beens, the Giants season is on the line. Baltimore, Toronto, Oakland and Los Angeles are on the schedule for the next 21 games, at which point we’ll be in July, and, barring a miracle, the Giants will be back in last place.
Well, they’ve now played the first 12 games of that stretch, and their record so far is an astounding 11-1. And the one they lost, they led 7-2 at the end of the sixth. Now, I’m not saying they’ve totally convinced me, but at some point, you have to consider that this might be an OK offense. In the National League, right now, they’ve scored the second most runs, they have the second most RBI, they are second in total bases, I mean, come on, they lead the entire league in OBP, Believe it or not, as it stands, right now, you have two choices. Either they’re; (a), not as bad as we (I) thought, or (b); they’re on some kind of big-time fluke streak.
Yes, they lead the league in GDP’s. They also lead the league in baserunners. Those two stats go hand in hand, no? Seems to me they do. If it’s a fluke, it’s already gone on for quite a while.
Oh, did I mention….. reading that quote, I seem to be wrong again. ;-)