Thirty games into the season and we are starting to figure out who some of the teams are in the National League West.
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The loss of AJ Pollock in Arizona has the Arizona Diamondbacks reeling, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have so many different agendas on the team it will take some time for Dave Robert’s to right the ship. That is, if he is given the time.
The San Francisco Giants situation is a little different from others around the NL West, the Giants organization has knows what success feels like. The Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Rockies don’t have many current employees who had success with their current teams.
So as the teams move forward, the Giants will show more patience and be more calculated. While one of the other teams might tend to panic and make a rash decision. Having patience is by far the hardest thing to do in sports, but it is vital if you want continuity and prolonged success.
Just think if the Giants would have gotten rid of Brian Sabean because he failed to sign Vladimir Guerrero more than a few years back? It seems like now, a lot of franchises are looking for the home run fix, instead of the “in house mix” that the Giants promote.
It is for that reason alone that the Giants should be thrilled about being tied for first place at 15-15. And even more thrilled that the fourth and fifth starters will eventually keep them in games (whoever they are) and that the team will get over its minor injuries, and that this will all be seen as the part of the season where you are put to the test.
And once the team has figured itself out, it still looks on paper like the best of the group. The offense has held its own without Angel Pagan and Joe Panik, and balls have been finding gloves a lot lately.
Most importantly, the team can plainly see where the deficiencies are at this point. There aren’t too many variables to look up. Other teams have many more holes, and very few ways to fill them.