After capturing San Francisco’s first World Series title since moving out west prior to the 1958 season, the 2010 Giants followed up their magical run with a dud.
Though they still won a surprising 86 games, 2011 was, for the most part, terrible. The pitching was decidedly good, but a flat, almost non-existent offense, consistent injuries, and a general lack of team chemistry (O-Cab, Tejada, Beltran anybody?) kept the club from even reaching October baseball, and as a result, finished in 3rd place behind Arizona and Los Angeles.
Needless to say, the misfits strategy did not work a second time around. And, so far this season, the club hasn’t exactly lived up to its expectations, after winning it all for the second time in three years but a mere eight months ago.
In fact, the Giants are on what you would call the “skids.” The “June swoon,” as they say, and are on the wrong side of a disappointing six game losing streak, which includes a tough-to-swallow-sweep in L.A. They’ve lost nine of their last 12 games, and were outscored 46-30 during that span. At 38-42, San Francisco is now four games behind the division leader in Arizona, with the arch-rival Dodgers – who are in last place – quickly gaining ground, as they are only one game behind the reigning champs.
But is this team really as bad as the 2011 incarnation? After all, in 2011, it was a perfect storm of everything that could possibly ruin a season — specifically when catcher Buster Posey was shelved for the rest of 2011 on May 25th.
Here are the similarities and differences between this season’s San Francisco Giants, and the 2011 incarnation.