The Giants played .500 ball in April. In May, they went 14-14, to leave their record at... .500. June was a good month, when they started to gel. They went 17-10 much to everyone's surprise and began to be treated with some seriousness. The Giants reached 10 games over .500 on July 11, just before the last game before the All Star break (which they lost). That was a goal that many a good blogger thought they would not achieve in 2009. Today, the Giants face blue goo at 11 games over .500, meaning that they have progressed only one game in two months.
July was, overall, barely a net positive, the Giants winning 7 of 12 before the All Star break and another 7 of 15 after. August was a good month, 16-12, although that hardly represents a move up in the standings (in fact, it was a move down, thanks to the Rockies). Of course, we are only 4 and 6 for September, and I fear that 10 games over .500 might be the best we can end the season with at this point, and even that will take work. Progress? I think not.
Here are a few other numbers to chew on: In June, the Giants scored 4.37 runs per game. Rowand hit .320 and Schierholtz, .375. The Giants allowed 3.29 runs per game. In August, they allowed 4.17 runs per game, although they were still able to score 4.39. In September, so far, only 2.9 runs scored per game while opponents scored 31 in 10 games. A fancy way of saying that our hitting sucks? Not entirely, as our pitching has been great, but not as great as it was earlier in the season. More: 5-8 against LA with 5 to play, 6-9 against SD with 3 to play, 8-7 against the Rockies with 5 to play. Thank god for the Dbacks. We are 8-4 against them with 6 to play (which may save our season). If you want to win, you have to be able to beat the teams in your own division. The Giants have not been able to satisfactorily do that. They can start in one-half hour to change that.