There are two truths of San Francisco Giants baseball in April over the last two decades:
- The Giants are usually good in the first month of the season. They've been .500 or over for 17 out of the last 20 Aprils.
- It's almost impossible to tell how the Giants are going to do based on their April.
The first point surprised me. I don't remember this team having so many decent-to-good Aprils. They've been over .500 in 12 of the last 20 years, so it's not like they've been a Yankees/Braves juggernaut the entire time. For whatever reason, they delight in giving you hope for a month before they decide if they're going to ruin your summer (or be hella cool in the fall.)
The second point didn't surprise me, considering Beyond the Boxscore just told us as much. But enough blabbering about the April numbers. Here, look at them.
|April wins||April losses||April winning %||Final wins||Final losses||Final winning %||Finish|
Note that I added stray March games in the totals. That's a lot of numbers. I was told there would be no math? I was also told there would be no clichéd jokes. Here's a chart from Justin Bopp that will help with the no math. I have no answers for you about the clichéd jokes.
Let's see, the bottom left are the teams that stunk unflinchingly all year -- really, just '08, those bastards. The top left are the teams that made you sad before making you happy and eventually making you sad again. The top right are the cool kids, and the bottom right (more like bottom center) are the teams that gave you hope before punching you in the nose.
The Giants are off to their fourth-best start in the last 20 years. Even if that isn't as predictive as you'd like it to be, it's not like they have to give the wins back because they're not super-predictive. Hopefully, they're more '97 than '07.