While we wait for the Giants to start the 2nd half of the season tonight against the Mets, let’s check out some links from around the Giants blogscape.
* Triples Alley has an excellent piece up on AT&T Park and it’s affect on hitters. Go read it, now. It dispels some of the myths of AT&T being purely a pitcher’s haven. How the Giants sell the park to prospective free agents should be thought out, because while it does favor pitchers, it’s not Petco and free agent hitters need to know that.
* The guys at Raising Matt Cain have a nice little break down of where we’re at as we head into post-All-Star break baseball. The article starts off with a pretty telling stat:
If we set 90 wins as a target to win the NL West, then the Giants have to play .581 ball (43-31) the rest of the way. That’s a tall order. The Giants were 13-9 in April, but 27-28 in May and June. This nice little 7-4 run before the Break was encouraging, but the club has yet to show it can sustain a long winning stretch. The Giants best win streak is FOUR games.
A winning% of .581 from here on out to reach 90 games is indeed a tall order. When I last ran the numbers, it was actually .602. Mark is right that the 7-4 run before the break put the team in a better position. Still, a .581 winning% to reach 90 games is going to be hard.
For fun, here’s is the team’s 2nd half record from 2009-1999.
Year W L W% 2009 39 35 0.527 2008 32 35 0.478 2007 33 43 0.434 2006 31 41 0.431 2005 38 37 0.507 2004 42 31 0.575 2003 43 24 0.642 2002 46 28 0.622 2001 44 30 0.595 2000 51 26 0.662 1999 36 38 0.486
* And a bit of self promotion, I wrote a blurb for Rob Neyer’s SweetSpot blog on the keys to the Giants’ second-half. It’s nothing shocking, the Giants will need Pablo to start hitting, Posey to keep on hitting, and the pitching to stay healthy and productive.