The San Francisco Giants sweep of the Rockies was the necessary response to the negativity that built over the last week.
There are many factors to the San Francisco Giants sweep of the Rockies. The Rockies, formerly the best team in the division, and the Giants were on a collision course. The Rockies were starting to spiral out of control, their young pitching slowly starting to give in, and their bats going cold. They had lost five straight going into the series.
The Giants had two losing streaks, of seven games and five games a piece, sandwiched around a lone win in Atlanta. Then came “The Article.”
Yes. You know that one that was circulating like wildfire from Ken Rosenthal. It was the second from Rosenthal this year that had every right to rub the Giants, and plenty of fans the wrong way. The first, if you recall, was the one questioning Buster Posey’s decision not to engage in the utterly stupid fight between Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland.
While there were observations, correct ones, about the behavior of the clubhouse, there was also some other things that just seemed quite foolish to even include, especially the stuff concerning the bullpen. When it prompts an Allen Iverson like response from Mark Melancon of all people, you know it’s a reach. There comes a writer from outside of the daily beat, exposing “underlying tensions”, or whatever they were, on a national spotlight. That might light a fire under me.
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Whatever it was, the Giants seemed more passionate about their baseball over the last two days. Hyped up, looking to do the little things to help get that run across, the Giants looked like a team. Not to say they weren’t before, but they had some life.
Cain was breaking bats. The entire team sprinted out on the field to congratulate Denard Span on getting the walk-off win. If there is any hope of a historic turnaround, it starts there.
I will say this though, it helps playing against a team that’s playing bad baseball. Could the Rockies be crashing back to earth? If so, the Giants are seemingly way too far out of it to make a play on any wildcard spot. However, it helps that the NL West is on of the only divisions in the NL with multiple teams over .500.
The Giants aren’t coming back from that miserable start, but they sure as heck can start playing good baseball again. All they need to do is take care of what’s in front of them. If they do that, who knows what could happen. But that series was the necessary response to all the negativity building to Monday.