…but also, probably, worse than it could have been. In Dream Diamond Girl world where blueberry muffins grow on trees and my computer never freezes up. Ah, Dream Diamond Girl world… okay. Back to the point. The Giants finished up the (what feels like endless) roadtrip today in Cinci with a 9th inning comeback – hugs, Angel Pagan – and now have a winning record, at 10-9. Can you believe we’re 19 games into the season? And if so, can you believe the Giants have only been on the road for less than a week? It feels like ages, people.
I want to break it all down, because when there are no off-days, I feel perpetually rushed.
See, I’m pretty bipolar about off-days. On the one hand, as I’ve bemoaned before, I loathe them. No baseball? Shoot me, please. On the other hand, the chance to sit back and have a mini-offseason to think things over is rather useful. On that note…
I case you can’t see that, because my camera does night like text, that reads “Dear Bud Selig, The Giants like off-days, too. Love, SF Diamond Girl.”
Just throwing that out there.
Anyhow. The Giants have a pretty strong case of very good stuff and very bad stuff, but not necessarily a lot in the middle. The Sandoval hit streak gets more amazing and weird and wonderful every day and, as it turns out, Pagan has a bit of a hit streak going as well. The hitting with RISP numbers are still dismal and the bullpen is facing difficulties as well. The team hasn’t quite clicked out there, save for a few times, and the minor injuries certainly build up to create trouble. Freddy Sanchez had a setback in rehab and one series away from May, that raises some pretty serious questions. (And I’m not talking the “Are you related to Jonathan???” kind of serious questions.”
Mostly, though, I am feeling optimistic. No, really. I am. Three-and-a-half out from the Dodgers and the season is progressing. Basically aside from Timmy’s struggles, the Giants haven’t had any huge surprises, performance-wise. They’ve been dismal with RISP for a good long while now and as long as the pitching holds up, they are perfectly good.
And if the pitching doesn’t hold up, well, the NFL draft was today and the season isn’t that far off. The Niners might compete and stuff, especially if they hire me as GM. Don’t be too depressed, Giants fans.