"The worst Giants team in the past 25 years."
This is what I recall Ralph Barbieri calling the 2008 Giants near the end of spring training. A lot of people were saying that the same thing. Everyone expected the Giants to finish last in the division, most likely the NL, and possibly the majors. But these Giants have really improved and played with something I haven't seen since 2003...moxy. Yes, I know, its cheesy, but its true. The Giants have found themselves in some close games and some pressure situations, and although they haven't pulled through every time, they have pulled through quite a bite, and for this young team, I'm impressed. The Giants are 14-17 and 14-12 when Barry Zito isn't pitching. Even more impressive is the Giants played 12 of these games against the current best 2 teams (record-wise) in the majors, the Diamondbacks and the Cardinals. The Giants went 5-7 in those 12 games and 2 of the 7 loses happened to feature Zito. So consider, the Giants are possibly Barry Zito away from being 19-12. Besides Molina, Rowand, and Lewis, no positions player is playing fantastic, but the Giants are getting their clutch hits from numerous players and the occasional rare single-game performances from guys like Aurilia, Durham, and Bowker are helping them along the way. The bullpen has improved drastically since the beginning of the season and I'm really excited to see this young ball club develop. The Giants appear to be getting better and better and if Barry Zito straightens himself out or Pat Misch turns in a consistently decent starter, the Giants could very well be on their way to a .500 or better record. Who knows?...maybe the Giants will have a .500 or better record this year and acquire some talent in the off-season to be a playoff contender next year. The post-Bonds era is looking up.