Are the San Francisco Giants for Real?

Mike KentSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 21: Bob Howry #46 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Texas Rangers during a Major League Baseball game on June 21, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I know.

I am such a New Yorker for even thanking about it.

A team goes on a three-game losing streak, and I jump on the moment.

But I feel like I need to; I really want to see them fall to give the Mets a chance at the Wild Card.

So let's really look at this, and let's see if the Giants are for real.

Losing four out of their last five is bad, but two of those losses are to the Pirates.

And with Tim Lincecum getting beat up in the All-Star game, things are not looking great for the Giants right now.

But the pitching is fine, they are good on that.

The offense is bad; the only good hitter on the team is Pablo Sandoval. And who knows if he is the real deal or just another man that was hot for the first half of the season.

I hate to do this to Giants fans, but I do not think your team is that good.

Yes, they are one of the top 15 teams in baseball this first half.

But I don't think they will be the same team in the last two months of the season.

I think Pablo Sandoval will slow down, and there is not much Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain can do if the Giants do not score runs.

And that is what we have seen in the last week.

With loses like 2-1 and 2-0, the Giants' offense has gone back to sleep, and losing 11-3 to the Braves is not great either.

There are plenty of NL contenders that want to win the Wild Card, too. Teams like Colorado, Milwaukee, Houston, Florida, Atlanta, New York, and Cincinnati are going to give the Giants a fight for that spot.

The Mets and Reds are going to get star players back soon.

How many games can Tim Lincecum win 1-0? And how many more no-hitters will the Giants get?

They need offense, and if they don't get Matt Holliday or someone like that before the deadline, I do not think this team will win the Wild Card.