Time for a deep breath, everyone. Make it two, even three deep breaths in, then out.
(Whoa, there—I was talking about natural, mindful breathing—not aided by anything.)
By nightfall it might be a full game (by which time Arizona will have wrapped up its four-gamer with Houston).
Falling out of the division lead—especially in the clumsy, two-left-feet way the Giants have fallen—isn't great. Or fun.
Nor is it what fans expected when G.M. Brian Sabean acquired Carlos Beltran, the big bat Giants Nation had clamored for.
I was skeptical, even wary, about trading for Beltran, who had missed over a season's worth of games in 2009-2010 with knee problems.
At age 34, another physical breakdown was foreseeable, if not predictable. Since Sabean did little else to address his club's offensive woes, Beltran's presence was especially critical (Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera were acquired as much for defense as offense).
No telling when Beltran will be back from his wrist sprain; indications Thursday were that he might miss Friday's opener in Miami. There was even talk of sending him to the disabled list.
What, then, can Sabean and Bruce Bochy do to pull the club out of its stupor as they begin a crucial 10-game road trip? Here are four suggestions.