Giants lineup will be fine over the long haul 

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  • While the Giants’ lineup has been inconsistent as a whole, first baseman Brandon Belt has been one of the team’s most consistent sources of hits this season.

Brandon Belt leads an early-season barrage of bombs, and look out! The Giants are more powerful than at any time since Barry Lamar Bonds was ruling the roost with silent rage and rub-in 'roids.

An offensive funk follows shortly thereafter, and holy crap! These guys are worse with the wood than the anemic pre-Machine, pre-Cody "Boss" Ross days of 2010.

Both are the kind of swift, dramatic and entertaining overreactions that come with big-league ball's marathon grind, of course. We've got a ton of time to kill, people, so if there's a nit to pick, be it large, medium or small, we're gonna pick the snot out of it.

What the hell is wrong with Madison Bumgarner, anyway? I told you it wouldn't last. That guy is D-O-N-E, done!

Wait. How much of the season have we played? A little less than a month? How many more months are there? More than five, not including the postseason?

Oh. Sorry.

No need to apologize, really. We all do it. But it's important to remember that we're doing it when we're doing it.

The roller coaster regarding the offensive output is, no doubt, worthy of discussion. It's maddening the way the Giants can look so stout for a stretch and then poof! Wood-eating crickets, 4-6-3, and, How the hell did they just lose consecutive series to the Padres and Rockies?

The discussion, however, has to eventually lean to objective analysis, and an objective analysis of the Giants' lineup reveals that, if intact over the long haul, it is going to provide more than enough runs to make a run at October.

Belt, Buster Posey, Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence, Michael Morse, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford can hit. Crawford is the only one among them who hasn't proven it beyond a shadow of a doubt, and they're all susceptible to the occasional ugly slump (right, Panda? Hunter?).

But they're going to produce over the long haul, and there should be solace in that. This is the best offense the Giants have had since the Machine, Boss Ross and Co. were clutching up in Atlanta, Philly and North Texas.

In fact, it's even better.


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Mychael Urban

Mychael Urban

Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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