None of It
The Philadelphia Phillies are currently the cream of the National League crop. I do not want to say that, anymore than anyone wants to read it. However, to say anything else at this time is to try and pull the baseball cap over your eyes, and spew rubbish.
One can only hope that this will change, but to ignore the Giants’ offensive woes at this juncture in time, is impossible. The Phillies have a lot to prove, and they are doing it very efficiently.
Their new pistol is smoking hot in the midst of some good solid six-shooters. Our new horse is striding purposefully along, but his teammates lag behind. Hunter Pence has supplemented and complemented the Phils’ lineup, while Giants and their fans have lamented.
What is a fan-base supposed to do? Nothing. Just as when we were on that hot streak, that saw us take five series from five respective first place teams over a couple-week period, we are on a roll. The fact that we are rolling backwards, is beside the point.
Every season consists of similar roller coaster rides; normally, we don’t notice them as much, because first place and the playoffs have not been an issue, so much. Now we want to beat our foreheads against a backstop, and pray for the good old days last October.
From the current rut we occupy, last October seems like a distant highway; we can’t forget, however, that the crown is still ours until we lose it. We still have much of the core of that championship team. We have heard the East Coast Media tell us repeatedly that the Giants do not have the depth to repeat, that the Phils are the anointed team this year, and the way this current series is going, not many would disagree.
I must point out however, that this is only August. Last August, the Padres stumbled heavily, before leveling off, and doing battle with the Giants down to the wire. Last August Timmy did the unthinkable, and pitched very un-Timmy-like. So if this August, some very peculiar things occur, let’s just accept them for the anomalies that they are, and not get our jerseys in a bunch.
After all, if we want to acquiesce and let Uncle Charlie have his day, then let’s just do it; if that sticks in your craw like Chase Utley, then I say, “I’ll have none of it.”
Tell me the Giants are in a rut, and I’ll tell you they will find a way to steamroll their way out of it. No matter what shape that takes, it will have to include an offensive kick-start. Bochy likes to play the hot hand, so someone has to light the fuse.
Cain did everything a pitcher is supposed to do against this Philadelphia team, and it wasn’t enough. It’s time to kick in the same intangibles that propelled us last year. it’s too late for this current series, but not too late for the upcoming one in October. If we can get it going. If I had to choose which series I preferred to see us win, all I can say is that October’s already my favorite time of year. Double my pleasure this fall; let’s have the Giants win it all.