The San Francisco Giants have gotten off to a bit of a roller coaster start in the 2018 campaign. Some pieces have been written to the tune of “it’s too early to write this team off” as if that is some sage remark through six games.
If you’re ready to write a team off or declare they’re playoff bound after six games(!) … well, I don’t even know what level of heresy that qualifies for.
“Patience you must have my young padawan.” Master Yoda’s words still ring true today. We must remember that there are 156 games that have yet to be played. That’s a lot of games.
There will be winning streaks, losing streaks, slumps, torrid tears, and everything in between.
Some of us will remember the 2015 Giants that began their season 3-10 before finishing the season above .500 and contending for a playoff spot down the stretch.
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More of us will remember a 2016 Giants team that was the best team in the league at the break and one of the worst after it.
People love to overreact, and nothing feeds that love like a sluggish offense to start the year.
However, there will be those who now wholeheartedly believe that the Giants are an offensive juggernaut after they put 10 runs on the board in Wednesday’s contest.
As mentioned above, it is a long season and it would behoove us all to not get too high or too low based on whatever happened that particular day.
This doesn’t mean you can’t be optimistic or have doubts about the team. Personally, I think that the law of averages will make this lineup a headache for opposing pitchers this season as long as guys stay healthy.
Just imagine a Giants team that is around .500 when they get Madison Bumgarner back for the summer. Getting Bum back will take some pressure off of the lineup and will obviously bolster the rotation.
It almost feels like after last year some people are too quick to want to declare that the Giants are done for. You don’t get a prize for saying, “Dude I called it!” if a team spits the bit.
So throughout the season keep Yoda in mind when things go South, and keep perspective in mind when things are going well.