There's still time for the San Francisco Giants to win the NL West title.
Yes. There. Is. Still. Time.
Repeat that over a cold beverage, and catch my next piece in the morning.
Seriously. Even after splitting the first six games of a critical 12-game home stand and slipping four games behind Arizona.
Four weeks, 28 games—six against Arizona. There's still time.
For one thing, San Francisco is chasing Arizona, not Philadelphia. These D-Backs haven't yet survived the heat of a pennant race. The Giants have.
For another, the Giants are still winning their share of one-run, low-scoring games. That takes pitching, and that can keep a club—even one this offensively inept—in the race.
But there is a catch: Manager Bruce Bochy needs to discard some tendencies and embrace a few others.
Will he? Won't he? Who knows?
Here's my take on four things that must happen for the Giants to stay in contention.