The Giants have already shown a couple things that they didn't have last year. While you might say that they opened the year facing the Astros and the PIrates, they sandwiched those around a pretty entertaining series with the Braves.
First of all, they showed some fight. Last year they only had ONE game where they came back in the ninth inning and won. They've already matched that this year. They also clawed their way back to give Lincecum the win on Sunday after that pesky delay.
Secondly, this team is learning how to be patient. After seeing the least number of pitches in the league last year, they've already walked 27 times in seven games this year, which is a vast improvement.
They also have the second highest OBP in the National League, and the second most hits.
Lastly, with the exception of Todd Wellemeyer, every starter has looked pretty sharp.
Lincecum is leading the league in wins and strikeouts.
Zito has looked very good so far, especially given that he's usually a slow starter.
Cain looked like he labored through his last start, but still is growing as a pitcher. Jonathan Sanchez also had a rough start, but he struck out Jason Heyward three times.
If the rotation holds up like this all year, and the Giants can put up some runs like they have been doing, this team will have more games like the one above. The difference from last year is that it won't be a surprise when they're in the playoff race come September.
But we've got a long way to go until then.