Andy MacPhail’s latest excuse? The San Francisco Giants …..

November 09, 2010 |

Unlike the Orioles, the San Francisco Giants play in the National League’s Western Division. Thus, they played 18 games, a piece, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Not exactly the American League East, huh?

The Giants played a total of 72 games, which is nearly half of their regular season schedule, against division opponents that compiled an overall record of 318 wins and 330 losses.

That equates to an average of 82 wins by teams in the NL West.

Conversely, the Orioles exist in the same division with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. Welcome to the American League’s Eastern Division …..

The Orioles’ divisional opponents compiled a regular season record of 365 wins and 283 losses. Do you understand the math?

Those same divisional opponents averaged 92 wins.

Let me repeat that …..

Boston Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez (R) tags out New York Yankees Randy Winn at home plate during the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

The Orioles divisional opponents averaged 92 wins. That’s exactly how many games the Giants won, in 2010. Ironic, huh?

Do any of us really believe the Giants would’ve won 92 games in the AL East? Not a chance. I don’t care about that starting staff – they wouldn’t win that many games while playing the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays 18 times, per season.

Heck, the Giants benefited from a rather easy schedule, in 2010. Yet, if you simply compared their overall record to the entire American League, they would’ve been sitting home when the playoffs began.

But, that’s okay, Andy MacPhail is looking at the Giants as a prime example of building a contending team.

I guess you can get away with that formula in a few other divisions. But, it’s not happening in the same division with the game’s stellar franchises …..

A lineup card featuring Huff, Uribe, Burrell, Renteria, Ross, Rowand, Torres and Sanchez will not win 90 games in this league. Such a group would be lucky to break even.

Next year, the Giants will benefit from their existence in the NL West, again. Whereas, the Orioles will face much tougher competition. It is what it is, I suppose.

But, therein, lies the question …..