Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Apparently, I was wrong.  I've been wrong before -- sure.  But this time, I had the backing and justification to support my mind-set.  The SF Giants in 2016 were the best and worst team in the major leagues.  How many teams can you say that about?  But they had a core of players who were part of 3 World Series wins in the previous 5 seasons (2010, 2012 and 2014). Not only was 2016 an even year, they had a legendary coach in Bruce Bochy who is generally regarded as one of the best at managing a bullpen.  In today's baseball, it's tough to win a World Series, let alone 3 in the last 5 years.  Consistency, experience and grit are some of the key things needed to win. But on top of that, a little bit of luck doesn't hurt.  

The Giants were down 1-2 to the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS after defeating the NY Mets in the wildcard.  With a lead of 5-2 going into the top of the 9th inning, Bruce Bochy decided to pull Giants left-handed starter Matt Moore, who pitched superbly in the game, and opted for his bullpen to give his starter a much deserved rest.  Given Bochy's pedigree and experience, few doubted this move.  At least initially.  The Giants were at home, had the momentum on their side, and were already packed and ready to go to Chicago for the game 5 in this best of 5 series.  3 more outs and this one was on to Wrigley.  Unfortunately, the baseball gods were not on the Giants, as 5 relievers combined to give up 4 runs and ultimately, the game.  This time, the Cubs moved on and the Giants unpacked their bags.

I should have known that their league worst bullpen would fail them yet again.  It was as if the writing wasn't on the wall during the 2nd half of the season.  Torture they are.  But they will be back in 2017 with an overhaul of their bullpen and eager to convince the rest of the league that they still have unfinished business.  Once a fan....always a fan!

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