For the longest time, I could not convince myself that the Rockies were actually good. They have a solid pitching staff but definitely not one of the tops in the NL, and a bunch of .220 hitters with a lot of power. To me, that doesn't calculate to a team that is about 18 games over .500. Outside of Helton and Tulowitzki I can't see any real solid hitters in that Rockies lineup. Here's the difference though, the Rockies are a team this year that knows how to win from behind and close games. If you give the Rockies no more than 2 run deficit going into the 8th inning, they are most likely to come back and win that game. They are a great 8th and 9th inning team, just spectacular.
I keep telling myself how lucky they are. Just within the last couple of nights, they came back from losing 4-2 in the 8th and came back to win. Tonight, they were down by 2 with Seth Smith up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, and with 2 strikes and 2 outs, he gets a walk-off two run single. In addition, the hit came off of a play that Brandon Phillips would have normally made. Also, I hate to bring this up but how often are you going to have Ryan Spilborghs hit a walk off grand slam down by 2 in the bottom of the 14th. The Rockies, despite any early (or late) deficit, know how to win games. Whether the Rockies are the luckiest team in the NL or not, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that whatever is happening to them is happening for a reason, and it just indicates that it may be the Rockies season.
In addition, the Giants can't do the little things like bunt guys over. Our fundamentals are atrocious, and despite that we still shouldn't lose a home series against the Padres. Especially in the position that we're in, it is unacceptable. If it isn't already apparent taht the Giants won't make the playoffs, it will be by next Wednesday after the Rockies leave San Francisco.
This may sound pessimistic, but I realize that this is a rebuilding season and we still have a bright future (more so than any other teams in our division). It's just dissapointing because they are so close, but yet so far away. No matter how the Giants end this season, it has been a fun one.