It doesn’t seem that long ago when Giants apologists tried to blame this season from hell on Madison Bumgarner and his dirt bike accident.
Except that, after the Giants frittered away another game on Monday, the homies had virtually the same record since Bumgarner returned from the disabled list (19-30, .388 win percentage) as before he left (35-56, .385).
Well, the excuse sounded good at the time, anyway.
Despite the evidence, there’s still talk at Second and King that the front office has written this season off as an aberration, little more than a hangover from the NLDS nightmare of last fall.
Meanwhile, back at Reality . . .
- The Giants have not won more games than they’ve lost in a full month since June of last year. Since then, they have a 90-129 record and been outscored by 122 runs, slightly more than one-half per game. This no longer is a small sample size.
- Unless manager Bruce Bochy’s boys close on a tear — 9-13 or better — they will reach 100 losses for the second time on the West Coast.
- The West Division cellar dwellers rank ninth in earned run average, 14th in runs scored, 15th (last) in home runs but first in hemorrhoids.
- Twelve players on the roster are 30-somethin’s. Among regulars in the group, only Buster Posey doesn’t look his age.
None of this bodes well, girls and boys.
Regardless of the facts, some dreamers have visions of the path taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have vaulted from fourth place and 24 games below .500 to second place and 21 games above break even in one year.
Ah, but here’s the difference: Except for catcher Chris Iannetta, staff ace Zack Greinke and closer Fernando Rodney, every member of the Diamondbacks’ nucleus is in his 20s right now.
Balls? It sees the Giants as more like the phloundering Philadelphia Phillies at this stage.
As you might recall, the Phillies were a playoff team from the 2007 to 2011 seasons. In that five-year span, they advanced to the World Series twice and won it all once. But when the nucleus of Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley grew old and less productive, the front office refused to let go of the past until it was too late.
Any of this sound familiar?
Years later, the dog-breath Phillies have the worst record in the bigs, stuck in a massive rebuild that could take several more years to complete.
Seems like the Giants are intent to borrow their game plan.
AND ANOTHER THING . . .: Let’s give Pablo Sandoval some credit here — no Giant has done more to nail down the No. 1 pick in the draft. The really big guy saw his batting average tumble to .196 after another oh-fer on Monday. His -0.04 WAR number ranks 79th out of 83 third basemen in the bigs.
Yep, best move that general manger Bobby Evans made in a long time.
QB WATCH: If you were like Balls, you dozed off when UCLA fell behind by 34 points on Sunday. Bet general manager John Lynch was all eyes, though.
Josh Rosen toasted Texas A&M for four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cap off an epic 45-44 comeback. Almost as impressive was his response afterward. The 20-year-old QB was cooler than shade tree.
Rosen is a sure first-round pick in the next NFL draft. If/when Santa Clara loses 13-or-more games this season, it figures to have a shot at either him or Sam Darnold, the SoCal kid.
The thing is, Lynch and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won so often without a franchise quarterback, he might not know what one looks like.
JUST SAYIN’:The Rockets’ James Harden pledged $1 million to the Houston relief efforts. Best assist ev-er.
Can’t think of which is dumber — the pub given to LaVar Ball or the media that give it to him.
Cal was unjustly criticized after it held North Carolina receivers to take time off the clock late in its unlikely 35-30 victory last weekend. Hey, the Bears defense was just bein’ the Bears defense.
If revenue is the bottom line, then the term of NFL commish Roger Goodell has been an unqualified success.
Nice to see that Charmin finally got off its duff and signed Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt to its first such endorsement deal. . . .
And in other news, Santa Clara commenced negotiations with Steel-Libido Red . . .
YOUR TURN: “I was having a yuck day, then you called them the ‘Santa Clarabells.’ Brilliant! Sadly, I’m not sure any current 49er has a clue about The Way. Must have sounded like a fable.” Marianne Smith, San Francisco
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