The Giants are 15-17 in the second half. Put another way, they’ve lost two more than they’ve won since the Midsummer Classic. That’s terrible, right? Actually, it’s pretty remarkable.
Everyone is injured (Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez, Jeff Keppinger, Sergio Romo, Barry Zito, Jonathan Sanchez and Carlos Beltran). A bunch of others are sort of hurt (Aaron Rowand and Nate Schiertholtz and Brian Wilson). One guy is hurt but the Giants are pretending like he’s good to go (Mark “Floppy Wrist” DeRosa). And, excluding the who helps keep me sane, Pablo Sandoval, the rest of them just sort of suck at baseball (Aubrey Huff, Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Tejada, and the catching tandem of Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart).
I mean, they don’t really suck. The truth is, they are some of the most talented baseball players on God’s green earth. But as MLB players? At this stage in their careers, whatever it may be? They stink.
Cody Ross is pretty okay, as long as you don’t think he should be bunging home runs off of guys like Roy Halladay every night. Oh, and Brandon Belt? We just don’t know what to make of him. The kid has killed it in the minors but 100 or so plate appearances isn’t much to go by.
Anyway, the reason that it’s remarkable that they are 15-17, which is nothing special for a playoff contender, is because… Check that, 15-17 is pretty bad. But the reason that it’s remarkable is that their second half slash line (average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) is .233/.280/.335 for an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .635.
How bad is that mark? Well, it’s really, really bad. You know that. But I’ll give you a little context just for fun. Casey Mcgehee — the clunky, non-hitting third sacker for the Brew Crew — has an OPS of .634. James Loney — the dreadful hitting first baseman for the bankrupt Dodgers — has an OPS of .637. This means that the Giants have been, in the second half, hitting like a team full of batters somewhere between McGehee and Loney.
If you’re not laughing, go ahead and start now. If you’re a Giants fan, the laughter just may keep you from crying.
Without the type of pitching they get most nights, they’re the Pirates. Not the 2011 Pirates. The 2010, 100-loss Pirates. That’s the reality.
I guess that’s why Tim Lincecum lost again tonight, and this time it was a 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He’s now 11-10 with a 2.53 ERA. Win-loss records sure are stupid.