San Francisco Giants Hit Rock Bottom
Yes, they have suffered injuries. Ryan Vogelsong has been out for a few months. However, after receiving lucrative contracts, most of the Giants are underperforming. Matt Cain signed his $126 million extension last season - this year his ERA is 4.79. Barry Zito, earning $20 million this season, has a 4.92 ERA. Tim Lincecum, the highest paid player on the roster, is 5-11 with a 4.61 ERA.
Consistency has gone out the window. Heart appears to have completely dissipated. The Giants sit 10 games back from their most hated rival in the Dodgers who can't seem to find a way to lose. Will they make a move at the deadline to try and turn this around? Or will they fire-sale and get rid of one of their high-paid pitchers in an attempt to rebuild?
Most defending champions wouldn't be thinking of either at this point - but the Giants, the band of misfits, are atypical. They always have been.