Giants @ Dodgers June 20, 2015: Something Happen, Please

Giants
Dodgers
4:15 p.m.
Los Angeles, Ca.
LF
Aoki
RF
Puig
2B
Panik
CF
Pederson
CF
Pagan
3B
Turner
C
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Belt
2B
Kendrick
SS
Crawford
LF
Ethier
3B
Duffy
C
Grandal
RF
Blanco
SS
Rollins
P
Hudson (R)
P
Frias (R)

This probably isn’t a way you should start off a blog post that you hope people will read, but… I am so, so bored. While I completely agree with Brim’s take yesterday that the offense has been better than people believe it to be — 10th in non-pitcher wRC+ over the last month, and in the midst of a whole pile of teams ranked 13th-24th in runs scored — things just still seem tedious.

…and I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because both the Dodgers and Giants are showing the exact same 1-8 lineups they did yesterday, with both even replacing a back-end righty starter (Mike Bolsinger and Chris Heston) yesterday with another back-end righty starter (Carlos Frias and Tim Hudson) today. Maybe because you can only talk about whether Alex Guerrero should be starting or when Corey Seager is going to be recalled so many times before it’s just talking yourself into circles. Maybe it’s because while it’s undeniable that the team has been struggling lately — 14-15 over the last 30 days — it’s hard to get too doom-and-gloom considering they’re still in first place.

Maybe it’s because I’m resigned to the fact that I’m going to have to revive the “stop worrying about the silly ‘record against teams over .500′ narrative because it’s meaningless’ draft I abandoned last week.

Or maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. Maybe it’s as much as I enjoy the team having a front office where I agree with ~95% of the moves, it was a hell of a lot easier to write about a team that was in the midst of a historic bankruptcy fiasco and had a general manager who delighted in making confounding moves. Probably, it’s because a team that just seems like it can’t put anything together on offense — even when it’s not nearly as simple as that — gets boring.

In a month, when this offensive skid is behind us, and Adrian Gonzalez is back to his normal self, and Seager is maybe up, and Hector Olivera almost certainly is, and Johnny Cueto or Jeff Samardzija or whomever it is gets added via trade, this will all look a lot different, I’m guessing. That’ll be fun. Right now, it’s not super fun. We should all look at ourselves for being bored by a first-place team and feel shamed. I think I do.

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