This has been the toughest start to the season that Bruce Bochy can remember, both on and off the field. But that does not mean the Giants will not be fighting like they always do in August and September.
And maybe even in October.
With wins in eight of their last 10 games, including a 6-4 win over the Cubs on Monday night, the Giants finally caught up. They still have outside such key pieces as Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Pence, but they certainly are not crying for them.
Buster Posey has recovered from a concussion suffered in early April, Brandon Crawford returned after a groin pull, Denard Span returned from his injury on a shoulder and even Pence ran a bit in the gardens on Monday.
Bochy himself lost some time during practice and the regular season due to heart problems, but it was impossible to realize all that by talking to him at the visitors clubhouse before the start of the four-game series at Wrigley Field.
He is the same manager worthy of the Hall of Fame, with the same winning mentality.
When he was told that Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle had found that no team that had opened the season with a 12-24 record had been eligible for the postseason, Bochy smiled.
“That’s right, Henry,” Bochy said. “You have to see it as if we dug our own hole and we created a great challenge.We also put ourselves in position to play a great story.If you look at where we are right now, we are in a better position than 10 days.The boys are recovering, Feeling better. The fact that something has never been achieved does not mean it can not be done. ”
The Giants spent the first six weeks of the campaign under a sort of black cloud. The darkest day of all was the one in which Bumgarmer crashed his bicycle and twisted his throwing shoulder during a day off in Colorado. San Francisco had started the season with great optimism after joining closer Mark Melancon to support Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore, the rotation they used to challenge the Cubs in the League Divisional Series Last October.
Although the Cubs won in four games, they looked set to play Game 5, which would have faced Cueto and Jon Lester, before Chicago scored four runs to the weak Giants bullpen in Game 9’s ninth inning.
“I’m telling you, man, Game 4 basically won the World Series,” said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. “I did not want to see Cueto again, we have to see him now (Tuesday), but that’s fine compared to having seen him in that situation.” That Game 4 in San Francisco, I focused a lot on that, on what a Game 5 would look like At home, what would happen, and how we should do everything we could to win that night in San Francisco. That was the whole postseason game for me. ”
Something great about baseball is that no matter how long you train in Arizona or Florida; Nobody knows what can happen in April. That was the case with the Giants. They lost three of four opening the season in Arizona, then two of three in San Diego. Then they fell in six of seven duels during another passage against Rockies and Royals. Thus, they found a record of 6-13 for April 23 and 12-24 for May 11.
Luckily for the Giants, there is nothing longer in the sport than a Major League season. The Giants know that teams against those who are competing in the NL West Division and the two Joker posts will also have bad spins.