It seems like only yesterday that the San Francisco Giants headed into the All-Star Break holding the best record in baseball. With an offense that was firing on all cylinders, dominant starting pitching, and a solid enough bullpen, many were questioning whether this Giants team was the new World Series favorite, and not the Chicago Cubs.
What a difference two months makes.
Since the MLB All-Star Break, the Giants are a Major League worst 22-38, a winning percentage that would equal 103 losses if extrapolated out over an entire season. The odd thing about it is that the bullpen is what is letting this team down. A strength of Bruce Bochy for so many years, it’s seemingly impossible for him to find a combination of arms and matchups that will allow him to close out a game in which San Francisco has the lead. The Giants have blown a save in six consecutive series, a stat that would be unheard of on Bochy teams in years past. But it’s true. And with every blown save, the Los Angeles Dodgers inch closer to a fourth consecutive NL West title (though I’m sure the Giants are more than pleased with their three World Series Championships in six years).
With just 12 games left in the regular season, including five more with the LA Dodgers, it’s now or never for these Giants. They realistically have to win four out of the next five against LA to chip away at the six game division deficit – or at least hold on to the NL Wildcard spot for which they are currently tied with the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans in the Bay Area are convinced that this team could turn it around in the post-season – but at this rate, the Giants season could end on October 2nd.