OK, so maybe I was wrong about being wrong.
Both Gwen Knapp and John Shea point out the same problems I mentioned in yesterday's update, mainly that the Giants seem to have trouble with the better teams, even though their records may be similar:
….Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain promised to camouflage a lot of flaws elsewhere on the roster, offering hope that they could take the Giants to the playoffs and then to an upset, past a team that seemed vastly superior in every other way.
…. They can do a lot by themselves. They can overcom
e a wan offense. They can overcome a mediocre defense. But they can't overcome both against a talented, predatory opponent, at least not enough to turn a five- or seven-game playoff series in the Giants' favor.
The Giants' weaknesses at the plate have drawn a lot of attention, but sloppiness in certain parts of the field and the staggering failure to hold baserunners (see the Mets) probably have been more disappointing. The Angels' three-run eighth benefited from a passed ball, a line drive that bounced off the end of diving second baseman Matt Downs' glove, and Pablo Sandoval's misguided decision to throw to first when he had a shot at preventing the go-ahead run at home.
Sounds like +MIA.