…. Stretch run?

So, the Giants didn’t do so well during their run of top competition. This isn’t as unusual as you might think. Often, the good teams beat you up in their house, and you beat them up in yours. The only team that is beating up the Giants everywhere is the Padres, who are making a run at best record in baseball right now, so, you gotta take their dominance with a grain of salt.

The Giants are gonna face off against the D’backs, then the Rockies, the Dodgers, and then take another crack at the D’backs. In fact, the Giants have as easy a finishing schedule as any team in the league. Seven games against the Padres, and the rest of their games are against teams with mediocrity written all over them, the Dodgers, Cubs, Rockies, Brewers and D’backs.

The Padres have a slightly more challenging schedule, with one series each against Cincinnati and the Cardinals added into the seven games against the Giants.

So, if you’re rooting for the Giants to win, they should. If you are hoping that a collapse will get us a new regime, well, if they do collapse with this easy a finishing sked, it probably will.

UPDATE: Well, that was just horrific. For those of you hoping for a regime change, if it happens, you can thank Lincecum, because, if the Giants fail to make the postseason this year, you can pretty much point to Lincecum’s last eight starts, in which he’s allowed an astounding 32 runs, not to mention having given up at least three runs before the end of the third inning in each of his last five games; all the while insisting that he doesn’t want to ask his Dad to help him figure out why he’s lost five miles and twelve inches off his fastball.

Fine, He’s been outrageous for most of the last three seasons. He deserves a little slack. I get it.

But, if you’re the Giants, and you just ponyed up $21 million, and your team is in the running for its first postseason game in five years, (or is it six?), I think you have the right to insist that your employee consider the needs of the team over his desire for independence. Lincecum has no command of his fastball whatsoever. He’s throwing it 89-91, instead of 94-96, and nowhere near the plate.

Listening to Bochy’s postgame interview, you can tell that he has no idea why Lincecum can’t find the plate. None. An organization that allows this kind of flailing to continue is just one more indication of how poorly the Giants are run. Between Sandoval weighing 270 pounds, and Lincecum’s unwillingness to seek out the help that he needs, the two players the Giants were most counting on this year have been essentially about 60% of themselves. Other than Posey, who the announcers are now telling us is hurt, the Giants best young players are apparently out of shape, unwilling to accept coaching, and absolutely killing this team.

And, by the way, if Posey is hurt, then I really do look like Nostradamus, because I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

Buster Posey is too good a hitter to be behind the plate.

For the month of August, he’s running out a .283/.333/.435 .768 OPS line, with 2 home runs in 92 at-bats. Gee, I wonder if he’s a little banged up?

A couple of other notes:

For the month of August, Uribe is batting .233, with 2 home runs in 73 at-bats. Aubrey Huff has 2 home runs in 82 at-bats.

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