San Francisco Giants 5-Game Slide
The rest of the rotation is underperforming to say the least. Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum appear to be just shells of their former dominant selves. Barry Zito has been inconsistent after a phenomenal 2012 campaign, the only redeemable season he had under his heft contract. And their bullpen is mediocre at best.
These were all strengths of the ballclub at this point last season, as well as in early November. Pitching wins championships, and the Giants proved that over the last three years. Without that consistency from their rotation and a revamped bullpen come All-star break, things might begin to look worse than they are now.
Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval are both having very productive offensive seasons thus far, but without their ability to get outs, this team will falter. It sounds like a panic button has been pressed - yet the Giants, as poorly as they have been playing of late, sit a mere 2 games out in the NL West at 28-24. They have dropped 5 straight games after sitting 9 games above .500 just a week ago.
Buster Posey has been a force, but nothing near the MVP campaign he turned in last season. That also needs to change. Quickly.
But it all stems from the starting rotation. It's a shame Ryan Vogelsong went down when he did, as that night turned out to be his most outstanding start of the young season, and he had some confidence building before he landed on the DL for 6-8 weeks with a break in his right hand.
Lincecum will head to the mound tonight on what used to a glorious day in Giants land. Only time will tell if Timmy will ever be a dominant pitcher again.