Hello and happy Monday.
The San Francisco Giants were swept over the weekend by the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a frighteningly ugly series. They took the field on Friday in first place in the NL West. When the final out was recorded on Sunday, they were in third place.
It was awful for Giants fans. But did it actually mean anything, beyond a hit in the standings that made you make an icky face as it unfolded?
You could make a case that it was a barometer series and, after banking wins for the first month and a half, the Giants finally had a test — and failed. You could just as easily make a case that it was just one series, and baseball is gonna baseball, and there are no real lessons to be learned over the course of three games.
The latter is much nicer, and gives you far more reason for optimism when the two teams square off again — this time in LA — this coming weekend. Yet it’s hard to get past the former. The Giants had the gift of not facing the Dodgers for 44 games, and as the shocked their way to the top of the standings, you couldn’t help but wonder if it would all fall apart against a team like Los Angeles. And then it did.
In conclusion, the losses mean nothing, the Giants will sweep their four-game set against LA over the weekend, I’ll ask you if it means anything, and that time the answer will be yes.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
The Official Brian Wilson Trade Rumor Policy of McCovey Chronicles (Oct. 25, 2011 — Grant Brisbee)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants have an off day today. They’ll be back in action on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Have a wonderful Monday, everyone.