Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ten years ago, as Barry Bonds was hanging up the cleats, and Tim Lincecum was throwing fire, the Giants were, undoubtedly, one of the worst teams in baseball.
Since then, the Giants have won two Cy Young awards, two Rookie of the Year awards, an MVP award, and three World Series titles. Which...is an impossibly good ten-year run.
However...now, the Giants find themselves in pretty much the same place they were in back in 2007. They're in last place in the division, and even the league, and they can't seem to win any games. The Rockies and Diamondbacks, teams that have done their time at last in the Giants' reign, are now battling for first. The Padres, who became even worse than they were in 2007 in the ten year reign, are now even higher in the standings than the Giants.
The difference, however, is that the Giants actually have an impressive base this year. The core of the lineup, of Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Joe Panik, is still there- the rest of the lineup is made up of injured players, young, inexperienced backups, and people who are still surprisingly on an MLB roster. The pitching staff is the same red-hot, fantastic rotation they had in 2016...but with no run support and less up years, the ERAs are inflating. Without Madison Bumgarner, there's no real point.
It's a sad sight to see a team that was once so good fall so hard...but perhaps the future will bring a better year for them.
Coming Tonight: Hard-hitting catcher for a last place team.