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

November 09, 2010 |

Must a team be built on a philosophy that considers the extent of talent within its division? Or, can the blueprint of last season’s World Champion be followed, regardless of matchups?

I don’t see how a truly competitive team can be constructed without considering the strengths and overall talents of the teams you’ll face for nearly half the games on the schedule.

The Giants figuratively exist in a different world than the Orioles …..

San Francisco Giants' pitcher Tim Lincecum holds the World Series trophy after the Giants defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1 in game 5 to win the series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas on November 1, 2010. The Giants won the series 4 games to 1.  UPI/Pool Photo via Newscom

Their path to the postseason is simpler, period.

They’re not the example. The Yankees, Red Sox and Rays are the EXAMPLE. The Orioles must beat them before even considering the playoffs. Thus, the formula of a strong pitching staff and hastily assembled lineup won’t get it done.

The Giants season might serve as a “feel good” story for most sports fans and baseball enthusiasts. But, it’s not good news for everyone.

After all, they’ve just provided Andy MacPhail with another flimsy excuse for “staying the course” and keeping to his original plan of spending a minimal amount of money on his ball club.

I’ve got a sneaky suspicion he’ll refer to San Francisco countless times, publicly, over the next several months. They’ll be his fallback, so to speak.

But, I’m not buying it.

I’ll call it what it is. The Giants’ World Championship will become the Orioles’ next convenient excuse.

Watch and see …..