Yup! Under Bochy's cool calm and collected approach, he cannot get the team up at times when they really need to get hot. In Spring training, the giants hitters had a decent approach and were among the league leaders in dingers. Bochy declared: "This year the team really needs to get off to a good start", the jinx was on, another crappy first week for the giants. After a semi-hot streak before the allstar break, which was partially diminished and almost quashed in the last game prior, as Zito was socked around by the lowly Pads like a saggy piece of meet in the mouth of a pit bull. Bochy declared: "The team needs to get off to a good start in the second half.". Again, another miserable week. Minus those two weeks the giants would be right in this thing. Nevertheless, after showing some spunk in the last series vs the Rockies, the giants have essentially collapsed. Could they still win the wildcard? Probably less than a 5% chance. So its time to post some diversionary topics. Because the Divisions play a lopsided schedule with each division playing a large portion of games against their own division, I thought it might be a good idea for newspapers, and sports sites to post the league leaders by division.
Different divisions have different strengths, and unless you play in a very hitter friendly park, the odds of winning a batting title for the league are very low in a pitcher dominated division. If you play in a pitching heavy division, you have to play a majority of games in that division. Hence if you hit 330 in the NL West and you are not in a particularly hitter friendly park for 81 games, what would that 330 in the NL West be in equivalence to the NL Central, or the NL East. With that being said, is Pablo's 323 average right now, a fair equivalent to a 323 average in the Central or the East? Pablo himself may be a poor example as he seems to hit well at home. But maybe he would hit well at home, whereever he played, and maybe even better at some parks. I would however like to see the leaders posted in the paper, and on the Net, routinely by division, as that would for me, provide better comparisons. I'm not against posting by league, but by division would spark my interest even moreso. Perhaps, if there are not already awards, there should be a batting title for each division as well as for the league. A homerun title, an ERA title etc. Maybe MLB does not want to do it that way, as it might give players a new negotiating tactic at arbitration. But, as a fan, I would like to routinely see stats posted by division. Another reason to look at divisions, is the east coast bias by many of the main sports reporting sites, on TV and on the NET. For example ESPN rings a bell. After thinking about this I almost forgot how bad my beloved giants have been doing in the clutch drive. Like I've said many a year before: "Wait til Next Year." Like most of you I hate those freakin words.