Giants lose game, series, faith, sense of forced optimism, car keys

The #8 highlight from the last 30 games. - Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

They scored a run, though. They scored a run.

Back in 2010, the Giants were swept in a series against the A's, scoring one run in three games. It was May, and the horrors of the previous year -- when one of the best starting staffs in franchise history was wasted -- were fresh on our minds. This was the reaction:

The San Francisco Giants have had a mixed season thus far, with stretches of winning without hitting spliced with stretches of losing without hitting. And while it's still early -- the Giants are only 3.5 games back, after all -- the plummet toward .500 happened pretty quickly for a team that seemed like it was just 17-10 and on top of the world. No one's sure how it's all going to end, though some are more pessimistic than others.

Don't read the rest of it. My writing ages like Aaron Rowand. Though I'm still really, really pissed at Lost. Anyway, I'm quoting myself because there's so much about that passage that's relevant to how Giants fans feel right now. The complete lack of faith in the team's ability to score runs. A reference to a fast start whose warm fuzzies left your tummy a long time ago. The necessary equivocation about how it's "early" and how the Giants are just (x) out of first. It's a funny post to read right now, considering we know the real ending.

I also remember a series in 2011, when the Giants scored five runs while being swept in another three-run series against the A's. Turns out that team was simply filled with awful hitters. It didn't matter that it was early in the season. What we feared is what happened.

This is the weight of recent history that we have to deal with. Let's call this Cody Ross's Paradox:

  • It's ridiculous to give up on the Giants when they've proven several times that they can surprise the hell out of you

  • It's ridiculous to expect a team playing this poorly to get better

Everything is possible and nothing is real. This is just like 2010 and everything will get better. This is just like 2013 and everything will get worse. This is just like 1973, and we'll never hear from them again. This is just like 1993, and they'll charge back too late.

Or this is just like 2014. It seems like they're awful. It seems like they're the worst team in franchise history right now, when they probably aren't the worst team in the last 365 days of the franchise. It seems like they're awful. If I had to guess, I'd guess awful. This is because sports fans have the long-term memory of a prawn. Shake it off and look forward to the next game isn't advice that sits well right now.

"There was that time in 2014," you'll say, with young people hanging on to every wizened word coming out of your elderly mouth because that's how things work when you get older, "when the A's came into San Francisco, and when they left, the Giants were just barely out of first place. Yet people still complained. People still complained." You'll shake your head ruefully because you'll know how the story really ends, and you'll remember how we were being spoiled simpletons right now.

Or maybe the Giants are just terrible. Maybe they're just terrible.

★★★

I was right about Jason Hammel. For as wrong as I can be, I get to crow about that one. He would have been a fantastic buy-low option for the Giants.

But I was so, so wrong about Scott Kazmir. Early in the offseason, ESPN released free agent predictions, that I graded on a scale of all-caps NOPE to all-caps YES. They predicted Kazmir on a two-year deal that was less than he received from the A's, and I was still all-caps nope about the idea. Didn't trust the command. Didn't trust the health. Didn't trust that his raw stuff would make everyone forget about how he disappeared.

He's so good. I would have rather had Bartolo Colon, Bronson Arroyo, Josh Johnson, and A.J. Burnett when picking from the short-term brigade. The answer was Kazmir. And apparently Phil Hughes.

And Tim Hudson. I guess. Have to fight through that prawn-awful memory and remember the good times. Hudson used to be good. He still is good. The Giants used to be good. They still are good. Hudson used to be good. He still is good. The Giants used to be good. They still ... hey, come on, I look like an idiot here if you don't join in.

★★★

Update the streak counter! Consecutive games in which the Giants have scored five or fewer runs since moving to San Francisco:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L HR
1 1974-06-08 1974-07-03 23 5 18 5
2 2013-06-15 2013-07-08 22 5 17 10
3 1978-07-21 1978-08-12 21 10 11 11
4 2008-07-29 2008-08-19 20 9 11 8
5 1992-06-15 1992-07-06 20 7 13 11
6 2007-08-26 2007-09-16 19 8 11 15
7 1965-05-30 1965-06-20 19 11 8 12
8 2014-06-22 ??? 18 6 12 7
9 1985-05-29 1985-06-15 17 6 11 8
10 2011-07-16 2011-08-02 16 7 9 9


We're number eight! We're number eight!

★★★

Updated numbers:

Giants with Pagan on active roster
87-60

Giants with Pagan on DL (including retroactive time)
35-63

It makes little sense. But we clearly need to wheel him out there, Weekend at Bernie's-style. Have Mike Murphy stand behind him and move his limbs.

Save us, Pagan.

Not now, Brandon. You had your chance.

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