Ten games. Three against Arizona, four against Cincinnati (including a double-header), and three against the Cubs – all at home. That’s how long the Giants have to figure out what they’re doing at the trade deadline. Are they buying, selling, or leaving the roster as is? There’s definitely an opportunity to win the weekend series with Arizona, and if we dream of a sweep, it’s only a 3.5 game deficit. It seems unreal to me that the Giants could begin next week that close in the standings.
On the other hand, we could be looking at a near insurmountable deficit if the Dbacks bring the brooms to AT&T this weekend. At this point, nothing’s out of the question. Hank Schulman has a piece from the Chronicle on the Giants’ second half chances. You can find it here.
Here’s my point to all this. We’ve gone back and forth on the Giants’ chances for two months, but I think the crossroads has finally arrived. You’ve got 13 games left before the deadline, with the first ten at home. If you want to be a contender down the stretch, you need to get yourself back to .500 (or as close as possible) by the deadline. That means it’ll take at least a 10-3 record over the next couple weeks. Is that realistic? Your guess is as good as mine. If so, I think you see a push for a Bud Norris or a decent LF, as the Giants go for it. If not, maybe Sabean takes calls on guys like Lopez, Romo, Lincecum or Pence, although I really don’t see them selling any major pieces this year.
Whatever the plan is, I’m guessing we’ll know after these next ten games. If everything turns sour again, maybe sooner. Either way, at least the end of the most boring week of summer is almost over.