The Giants and D-Backs are both sputtering right now. With Arizona dropping 6 of its last 10, the Giants missed a chance to get back into first place by matching that futile record.
So the easy conclusion is that the Giants missed their opportunity to climb ahead in the race and now Arizona has a clear patch to win the NL West, right? Well, maybe not. Perhaps it is Arizona who failed to take advantage of their chance to put the reeling Giants away.
Think about it, everything was pointing down for the Giants. Half the team was injured, the other half was hitting like Mario Mendoza. The relievers were starting to fall apart and the team looked to be free-falling. And in spite of all of that, they are 2 games back with 6 left against the Snakes. A 4-2 win of that series makes everything even again and suddenly they’re neck and neck with the Giants getting stronger as guys come off of the DL.
Certainly it’s better to be in first place than it is second, but the Giants are a team that might just be emerging from some very rough waters, and if things clear up, they’ll have more than enough to once again blow right past the Diamondbacks.
It might just be that we’re blaming the wrong team for failing to close the door.