Last year, this site was a bitter, angry lot. Some of the glass-half-full types would chide us. Thewere contenders, they'd chide -- those chiding bastards -- isn't that enough to make you happy? And the stock response was, no, we wasted a historic performance from our pitching staff. Bah and/or flimshaw, the chiders would chide. Everybody's coming back! It will be just as fantastic next year!
See, this is what happens. Things. Things happen. While I'm about 50% less worried about Lincecum than it seems most people are, it's pretty clear he's not the same Lincecum. He was in the conversation for the best pitcher in the universe title last year, but he wasn't close to the best pitcher in today's game.
Things happen. Last year was an amazing pitching performance by the entire staff, but the offense was too wretched to help. This year, the Giants are hitting just a little bit more, but the pitching staff isn't as stellar. They're still good, mind you, just not the once-in-a-generation staff from last year. That's why we were so bitter last season. It felt like this kind of season was coming.
Now go chide someone else. We're bitter today, too.