For the San Francisco Giants, the words “rock bottom” have been used to define them for at least the past month.
But where is rock bottom, and have they even hit it yet?
You thought rock bottom was when they lost three out of four to the MLB-worst Marlins. You thought rock bottom was when they were swept by the archrival Dodgers.
You thought rock bottom was when they scored just two runs in two games in the bandbox that is Coors Field, dropping a series to the Rockies. You thought rock bottom was when they were swept in three games by the Reds, and only mother nature saved them from losing the fourth game of that series as well.
You thought rock bottom was when, in the second game of that series in Cincinnati, they were no-hit by Homer Bailey, becoming the only team this season to not record a single hit in a game. You thought rock bottom was when they lost another series to the Dodgers, including a 10-2 rout on a Friday night.
You thought rock bottom was when they came out on the wrong end of a 16-inning marathon against the Mets because one of the best defensive shortstops in the game mishandled a routine ground ball.
The newest addition to the forever-burgeoning list of “rock bottoms” came on Wednesday, when Matt Cain lasted just two-thirds of an inning in a 7-2 loss, and the Giants were dominated by Zack Wheeler, the prized pitching prospect that they traded away to get Carlos Beltran in 2011. Beltran, as you know, was with the Giants for just a few months before bolting in free agency.
So how can this not be the absolute rock bottom? Zack Wheeler beating up on the team that traded him for a rental player, while the ace of the Giants doesn’t even make it out of the first inning?
The Giants are 40-50. Worst record since 2008. Ten games below .500. Last place in the NL West.
Yet somehow, they wear a patch on their jerseys that reads “World Series Champions”.
Maybe looking at that patch can inspire them to play more like champions and less like the worst team in baseball.