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Grant Cohn: Giants' demise falls on Brian Sabean's shoulders

  • From left to right, San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti, starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey stand on the mound after a talk in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO — It was staring Brian Sabean in the face.

This Giants team, the one the Cardinals destroyed 7-2 Thursday afternoon, is no different than the team Sabean put together last season, the one that finished 10 games under .500.

How could Sabean not see that?

He added two starters during the offseason — Michael Morse and Tim Hudson. Two. And what did Sabean get? A good May. Morse hit .289 and smashed five dingers, Hudson's ERA was 1.46 and the Giants' record was 19-9 during that month. Last season, the Giants' record was 14-13 during May. If Sabean's goal was to improve the Giants' for one month at the beginning of the season, he knocked that sucker out of the park.

Unfortunately for him, a good May doesn't guarantee a good season. Far from it. The Marlins' record was 21-8 during May of 2012 and they won 69 games that year.


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