So the Giants have lost 3 of 5 so far to the big kids. They’re done, by the way. I’ve read some of the excellent backtalks (54! A new record!) and those of you that think the Giants are hanging around the NL West race are deluding yourselves. They already have 54 losses. A playoff team will have perhaps 70 or 72 losses, and that would represent a weak, weak team at that. A contender will be around 65, meaning that this team would have to win 9 of 10 the rest of the way. ’nuff said.
2006 depends on Sabean’s next month or so of work. If he cannot figure out how to move the right dead weight and replace it with youth and ability (a tall order, I know, with the ridiculous contracts he’s given some of these stiffs), then the ’05-06 Giants will go down as one of the most spectacular (and predictable) collapse teams of all time, and he and the Giants will forever rue their inability to capture a title while enjoying the greatest ten year run of performance by the best player in baseball history.
Center field, right field, first base are all offensive positions. This team is looking at something in the range of 20 home runs from those three slots, when they should be looking at 50-65. We have no rotation at all, just a bunch of under-achieving, over-paid, old and getting older guys. It’s tough to admit, but looking at next year, it’s pretty clear that Sabean made all the wrong moves in the aftermath of Game Six, and there is little short of a miracle that can save us now.