The Rockies are a much, much, much, much better team than the Giants. I really think they can sweep the Giants this weekend. It will be great for them, since their fans have been struggling with the idea that now that their team can pitch, they can’t hit. It’ll be even better for the Rockies’ front office, which has constructed a batting order of a bunch of old guys plus Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. They will come away from a 4-game sweep on the road believing Ian Desmond and Carlos Gonzalez were great investments for 2018.
The Giants will probably come away from this weekend on a 5-game losing streak and on the way to meeting their doom in Houston for two games, as the Astros are a much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much better team than the Giants. Then it’s four games against the Cubs, who are much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much better than the Giants. Really, a 10-game losing streak is very possible, and I’m morbidly curious to see what happens if that comes to pass. Madison Bumgarner’s return would hardly matter at that point.
But, wait. Let’s amp up the juice on the optimism machine. The Giants have enough talent to maybe split the rest of this Rockies series and steal a game against the Cubs to end next weekend at 25-28. All they’d have to do after that is win one game in each of the next four series (at Colorado, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Arizona, at Washington) to be 29-36. Why is that great, you wonder? Because their next 14 games would be against the Marlins, Dodgers, and Padres. A 10-4 run puts them at 39-40, right back where they’d want to be.
It’s going to be an up and down season. The Giants are not better than half the league, which is bad for their playoff chances. But... it might... be... kinda fun? to watch them yo-yo like this? Instead of just be bad for entire months? Maybe?