Limping to the Break

Six weeks into the season, the Giants were starting to resemble the team I thought they’d be. They’d just taken three of four from Atlanta (the “it” team in the NL), and they were a season-best eight games over .500 (23-15). The team had overcome some spotty starting pitching with a consistent offense and late-game heroics. They would spend the next day traveling north of the Border for a two game series with last-place Toronto, and I was just cocky enough to believe we were about to establish our dominance over the league.

That was May 12.  Since then, the Giants have lost 32 of 49 games, suffering through defensive and base-running blunders, significant injuries and terrible slumps. They’ve tail-spun into last place thanks to some brutal road play (losing three of four at home to the Marlins didn’t help either). Nearly half of their everyday lineup is mired in a deep funk, and Angel Pagan is essentially out for the season.  In case you were wondering, help is NOT on the way from Fresno.

The Giants, now 7 games under .500 after dropping two of three at home to the Dodgers this weekend, host the 37-48 Mets for a 3-game series. But don’t let the poor record fool you… New York will send phenom Matt Harvey to the mound for game one, and former Giant top prospect Zack Wheeler toes the rubber for game three on Wednesday night.  Seven games remain in the first half, and the Giants are limping toward the break


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