Expectations

The Giants snuck out of New York with a close victory yesterday, spoiling Mariano Rivera’s farewell ceremony with a 2-1 win. It was the Giants’ only win of the weekend in Yankee Stadium, and Yusmeiro Petit outpitched Andy Pettitte in Pettitte’s final regular season start in New York. Ehire Adrianza homered off Pettitte for the Giants’ first run, and Tony Abreu drove in the go-ahead run late. Juan Perez singled off Rivera in the 9th, and also plucked another runner at home. So, I guess you could say the kids stole the show in this one.

The Giants didn’t play as well as we would have liked this weekend, but they weren’t that far off either. On Friday night, Timmy held his own against CC Sabathia, and George Kontos’ hanger to A-Rod in the 7th was the difference in a 5-1 loss. Saturday’s game was the outlier, with Ryan Vogelsong getting it handed to him on national TV. If you had to choose between $6.5 million of Vogey, or a cheap Petit for next season, it’s beginning to look like a pretty easy decision. Petit is averaging better than a strikeout per inning with the Giants in 44.1 IP, and if you combine his MLB and MiLB numbers, he’s got a 3.88 ERA with 144 K and 27 BB in 137 IP… and to think he was DFA’d earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Vogelsong can’t strike anybody out, or make it past the 5th inning these days. He’s a good dude with determination, but that $6 million option isn’t looking any better than his fastball is anymore.

Anyway, the Giants may not have put up much offense against the Yankees, but they finished a 10-game road trip at 6-4, their first multi-city winning road trip all year. Yeah, all year.

A final thought here. I watched the Rivera farewell ceremony yesterday. Pretty cool stuff. I learned a few things in the process too. I didn’t know Dave Righetti was the Yankees’ all time saves leader before Rivera, and I also didn’t know Rivera made his debut at 25. 25! That’s old for a prospect, right? Just goes to show that you can’t ever write a player off. Rivera, Jeter, Pettitte and Posada all debuted in 1995. Wow.

Yes, the Giants have their rings, and none of us will ever forget it. But I sure as hell hope 2010 and 2012 are the norms, not 2013. This season has definitely been a struggle, but it’s hard to be angry at a franchise that has given its fans so many positives over the past four years. Watching those games against the Yankees, as well as the Rivera events, it’s hard not to respect and appreciate what they’ve done. That franchise has set the gold standard, and even when they aren’t winning titles, they’re in the hunt every year.

With the talent the Giants have, they cannot have another season like this. Not with players like Posey, Bumgarner and Cain anchoring the team. Yes, last year was fun. But this year was inexcusable, and Brian Sabean has a ton of work to do this winter. You can’t get comfortable in this business, and this is a fan base that now expects to be in contention every year, just like the fans that sit in Yankee Stadium.

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