On August 24th the Giants had just finished losing three of four to the Rockies and were beginning to make my prediction of them as NL Champions seem pretty bad. This loss dropped them four games behind the red-hot Rockies, and put their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. With Ryan Garko sporting an ugly .652 OPS, Freddy Sanchez DL bound, and the Rockies looking like they were going to re-create their 2007 miracle, things were looking dark. People were now talking about the Rockies catching the Dodgers, not the Giants catching the Rockies.
However, since that night the Giants and Rockies have gone in completely opposite directions. The Giants have won five of six, including a crucial three game sweep of the Rockies, while the Rockies have lost five of six. This has moved the two teams into a tie for the Wild Card, although the Braves and Marlins are within striking distance at three and four games back respectively.
While run differential would suggest that the Rockies are the superior team (+72 to +34), my faith is still with the Giants. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are still the best 1-2 punch in baseball, and Barry Zito has turned into a solid number three starter, although you would like a bit more for that kind of money. Since July 12, he has lowered his ERA from 5.01 to 3.94, and has allowed more than two runs just once in those nice starts. The Rockies meanwhile have lost Aaron Cook to a shoulder injury and have just traded for Jose Contreras and his 5.42 ERA to fill out their rotation.
Needless to say, it will be an exciting September, and I cannot wait to see how it plays out.