For San Francisco Giants it’s time to Play for Pride and Play Spoiler
There are quite a few positive things going on for the San Francisco Giants right now as long as you don’t look at their win-loss record. Their offense has stunk it up this year with last season’s MVP Buster Posey struggling this year. No one picked up the slack either. Fingers can be pointed all around but suffice it to say that this has been a disappointing year for the defending World Series champions. Worst to first is great but from first to worst is not. For the Giants there is still plenty to play for.
Mainly it all comes down to their pride. They are the world champions until someone else wins the title in October or early November. That should mean something to these guys. They aren’t going to win, it’s true. They aren’t going to win that many games either when you get down to it. Still there are good things to take pride in. Matt Cain seems to have bettered his issues that plagued him for a lot of the season and will finish with another 200 inning season.
Tim Lincecum looks much more like his former self than he did last season at this time. Posey didn’t have another awesome season but he still hit over .300 so far and if he can end above that mark will really mean something for his career. They can also enjoy proving that they can beat the best teams in baseball at least once each series when things go right. The honest truth is that this team is playing for next year right now. That is perhaps the best reason of all to play hard.