Can San Francisco Turn Season Around?
The Giants have been fortunate enough to win two of the last three World Series championships, their first two since relocating to the West coast in 1957. And they have won those championships against all odds. in 2010, they made the playoffs on the last day of the season, defeating the Padres for the division title. In 2012, they fell down 0-2 in the first round, 1-3 in the championship series before completely dismantling the Detroit Tigers in a 4-game sweep.
Dramatic torture. The fans wouldn't have it any other way, either. There is nothing more exhilarating than attending a home game when the stakes are high. The Giants always find a way to make things happen when it matters most. They face pressure better than almost any other team in recent memory. Their backs are against the wall, yet you could never count them out.
Well, currently sitting at 44-51, 5.5 games out of first place, the Giants have an important home stretch to begin the second half. They won the series opener with first-place D-Backs behind Chad Gaudin (who replaced Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation when he went down). They now have 9 more games facing tough competition (D-Back, Reds and the Cubs).
Fresh off a Tim Lincecum no-hitter before the break, the Giants have a fire lit beneath them. Buster Posey is getting offensive help from Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro. Even Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt are beginning to contribute at a higher level. Newcomer Kensuke Tanaka has been a spark-plug in left field taking over for Andres Torres. These Giants hope they can see the return of Angel Pagan from a surgically repaired hamstring before the postseason - but the Giants need to get there first.
Is this the beginning of their turnaround? Likely - but it won't be given to them on a silver platter. And they know that better than anyone.