At 57-72, the Giants could certainly have it worse. They could not have gotten theirs in two of the last three years. They could have a history of losing at AT&T Park. They could have the worst record in the league. The Giants have none of those things, and Giants fans don’t have a wealth of matters to whine and complain about like fans in other organizations might. Really, with the 57-72 record and .442 win-% the Gigantes are sporting, I knew it wasn’t too awful, but I did wonder how bad it was within their franchise history and at their new yard as well. Behold! The ranking of the organizations by win percentage by the Giants through all time:
So, bottom 10% in franchise history… and if the Giants were to catch the 1996 Giants, you would not find me shocked, playing with more young players in September while finishing with an 11-22 record. My faith in this year’s installation of the San Francisco Giants is not high, and I hope you can understand where I’m coming from. However, they will not have a player accumulating 9.7 rWAR like the amazing Barry Bonds did in 1996 when he only walked 151 times, thirty of those being of the intentional variety.
Looking at the Giants year-by-year while at 3rd and King, the number of winning seasons (9) outnumber the amount of losing seasons the Giants have had (4), last seeing such a season in 2008 when they capped off their four straight sub-.500 seasons, when Tim Lincecum was at the peak of his powers.
This also serves as a reminder that Aubrey Huff was the team leader in rWAR in 2010, what a season that was for him. Also, it reminds me that I miss Noah Lowry. The 2013 Giants do not yet have the worst win percentage since 2000, being beat out by the 2007 Giants, but they are only .004 away from tying them. They don’t have far to go to get people talking about “worsts,” but the front office appears to believe the Giants are not many pieces away from seriously competing again, meaning they’ll have you believing 2013 will be more of an outlier than the beginning of a losing pattern. We’ll see what everybody thinks in the off-season.