Time has come for Giants to love us or leave us

Eleven days left in the regular season. Three National League teams. Two playoff spots.

Here it is, late September, and we’ll soon find out whether the Giants are pleasers or teasers.

They love us …

It’s an Even Year, right?

They love us not …

Too many oddball things have taken place, especially in the bullpen, Even Year or not.

They love us …

Seven of their last 10 games will be against the fourth-place San Diego Padres and third-place Colorado Rockies.

They love us not …

But the New York Mets have the easiest slate of all. By a mile. And the dreaded Los Angeles Dodgers would like nothing better than to eliminate their lovable rivals at AT&T Park on the final weekend.

They love us …

Madison Bumgarner, Joe Panik and Hunter Pence are locked and loaded for the stretch drive.

They love us not …

But Johnny Cueto (strained groin), Brandon Crawford (dislocated pinkie) and Buster Posey (balky back) are not.

They love us …

Will Smith has a streak of 14 scoreless appearances. Sergio Romo hasn’t allowed a run in 14 of his last 16 games. Finally, at last, maybe they’re the solutions to the eighth and ninth innings.

They love us not …

But no team has more blown saves (29) in franchise history, so maybe not.

They love us …

Future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy still is the manager.

They love us not …

Sixty-one-year-old Bochy still is the manager.

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER: Except for the fact that Bumgarner might have cost his team a crucial victory, his on-field spat with Dodgers goofball Yasiel Puig earlier this week was so much wasted energy, so baseball. But it was worthwhile for another classic television call by the great Vin Scully …

“Bumgarner was furious, and we’re wondering why. And on this play at first base, the fellas down on the field tell me that Bumgarner kept saying — hollering, I guess — to Puig at first, ‘Don’t look at me! Don’t look at me!’ ‘Don’t look at me. Don’t look at me!’ That’s what it looks like he’s saying. And the next thing you know, Puig is saying something to the effect, ‘What are you gonna do to me …?’ ‘Whatcha do to me? ’Whatcha do to me?’

“So one is saying ‘Whatcha do to me?’ and the other is saying ‘Don’t look at me.’ Ahhhhh-kayyy. We are going to the eighth inning in the latest drama of the Giants and the Dodgers …”

Will someone kindly persuade the best baseball broadcaster of all time to stay one more year …

ARE WE HAVING FUN YET? The Dodgers had a few yuks about the whole thing, “#DONTLOOKATME” t-shirts and all. They even sent a souvenir to Bumgarner.

Says a lot about the state of the two teams right now, doesn’t it?

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Maybe the silly World Cup of Hockey served a purpose, after all. Other than generate $65 million for NHL players and owners, that is.

Hard-ass coach John Tortorella, general manager Dean Lombardi and senior advisor Brian Burke thought Team USA could win with grit and physical toughness. So they chose grinders ahead of gifted goal-scorers such as Phil Kessel and went two-and-done instead. The approach might have been fine if this were the early 2000s again, but as Canada proved in a 4-2 beatdown of a lifeless U.S. team on Tuesday night, the emphasis is on talent and speed and puck movement now.

Afterward, Kessel scored on this classic tweet: “Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn’t put my finger on it.”

If the Neanderthals are phased out, some good will come of the tournament. Otherwise, forget the whole thing ever happened.

THE LIST: Can’t-miss picks against the spread for Week 3 of the NFL season. Or your money back …

Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys (-4).

Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins (-7)

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3 1/2).

Last week: 0-3. Season: 1-5 (.167)

(Disclaimer: Ayesha Curry says NFL games also are fixed.)

JUST SAYIN’: The 49ers have outscored 23 of 31 teams this season. Blaine Gabbert for NFC Player of the Year!

New England Patriots back-up Jimmy Garoppolo has a 119 quarterback rating, which matches Tom Brady’s career high. In other words, any trained model can be successful with Bill Belichick in charge.

The Rams have yet to score a touchdown. Glad to see semi-pro football return to Los Angeles.

YOUR TURN: “If Colin Kaepernick wants to really see change, why doesn’t he donate money to specifically help veterans, homeless and sick? They seem to be forgotten about. There were approximately 62,619 homeless veterans in California in a 2012 census. That was 25 percent of the homeless vets in America. … If you truly do respect the right you were given, then help the veterans first. Prove to the American people you truly mean it and aren’t staging this just to hang on to a roster spot!” — Daniel Waters, Conroe, Tex.

Got an opinion? A gripe? A compliment? A compliment?! Send them to pladd@aol.com, and who knows, you may get your name in the paper before long.

Paul Ladewski

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