It wasn’t all that long ago that the San Francisco Giants were probably the clear favorite to win the National League West. Over the last few weeks however things have changed. Now the Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be ready to walk off with the division after a sweep of the Giants. Just when the Giants need good news so badly, they hear that Matt Cain needs season-ending surgery on his elbow.
This could not be worse news for the Giants. The good news in the deal is that Cain should be fully ready to go next season but unless something miraculous happens and the pain in his elbow goes away without surgery, the Giants just took another gut shot to their chances to catch the Dodgers. It isn’t impossible and the Giants certainly have the manpower to get it done. They just have to hope the Dodgers are not on the season-ripping tear that it looks like they’re on.
With a healthy Cain, it could be argued that the Giants rotation stands up okay to the Dodgers. Without Cain and as things stand right now, the Giants need to hope for themselves to find a magic solution to their offensive problem and for the Dodgers to have something stop their roll. Especially with this development, the Giants might be looking to do a record amount of movement before the end of August on the waiver-dependent trade deadline.