It ain't over till the D-Backs clinch—their magic number as of Wednesday was 15—but the question must be asked:
Who, or what, is most responsible for the San Francisco Giants' likely failure to make it to the 2011 postseason?
Did the manager misuse his personnel, or was he crippled by a roster decimated by injuries?
Did the G.M. make ill-advised choices in the offseason and at the trade deadline, or did he do all he could have done?
Did key performers simply fail to do their jobs?
Or, were the defending World Series champs simply fated for a letdown after their magical, mystical dance to the 2010 title?
Are you tired of questions? Ready for a few answers?
Don't know about fate, but I'd say "yes" to just about everything else. Here's my list of the Giants' 10 biggest scapegoats of 2011.