What's odd is that I really do think the Giants are a pretty good team. Not, to be sure, a great team. But to me at least, clearly the best team in the division this year, undone by a devastating run of injuries. Not just Posey and Sanchez, but what happened in August -- Beltran, Torres, Ross, Schierholtz, Burrell and Rowand all missed time -- that's six outfielders -- along with Sandoval, Keppinger, Cabrera, Tejada, and Whiteside. And J. Sanchez, and Romo and Wilson. Did I miss any? Now, granted, some of those were only a few games, and some of them weren't exactly missed a lot, but then you add them all up, and you also note that a lot of them didn't hit right away when they returned, and the team wound up with a short bench for about half the month...well, no wonder they had a terrible month.
Yes, there are a fair number of old players, and old players tend to break down. Not always all at once, though. What I guess I mean to say is that for all the specific complaints I have about Sabean this year (and Cabrera is just inexcusable), overall he's done okay. At any rate, I've always said that my main request every season is to get to watch (or listen to) meaningful games in September. It may only turn out to be a handful of them, but they got there.
Also: this isn't really meant to be a post complaining about luck; I'll take the combined luck of 2010-2011, thank you very much, no problem.