No Need For Giants' Fans To Panic Yet

D WizzleSenior Analyst IApril 15, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 04: Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants follows through on a pitch as he warms up before the start of a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 4, 2009, in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Giants have started off slow, and fans in the Bay Area are already worried and giving up on the season.

But they should not give up just yet.

We are only seven games into the season and should remember the baseball season is not a sprint, but a marathon.

Look at who is in first place right now in the standings. You have teams such as the Royals, Padres, Mariners, and Orioles atop the standings.

No one expects these teams to be close to contention in their division a few months from now.

The Giants have a lot of young hitters in their lineup and will get better as the season goes along. You can tell they are being too aggressive right now, as the team has not had a walk in three straight games.

Tim Lincecum will not struggle as much as he has the first two starts, and Barry Zito will win some games.

Tonight would be a good night to  get a win with Matt Cain on the mound. Cain looked great in his first start against the Brewers.

Clayton Kershaw will be the opposing pitcher tonight in Los Angeles. Kershaw is a 21-year-old youngster who has a great curve ball. His problem is he often throws too many pitches in an inning.

Look for the Giants to be able to get at least one walk tonight off of Kershaw.

Tonight's game is very winnable for the Giants. If the Giants do win, they can win the series tomorrow with Zito on the mound.

It is not how you start, but how you finish, and this season is far from over.