2010, 2012, 2014… Just Stop It Already. Cardinals Will Ruin All Giants Even Year Talk in 2016

Almost every single year, it seems like the Cardinals and Giants always square off either in the postseason or in September near the postseason, when every game is crucial. It just so happens that in every even year, the Redbirds fall on the short end of the stick. Well, 2016 is the next even year, and the Giants will not be standing in the way when playoffs time comes around.

Due to the fact that the Cardinals and Giants have played so many important games against one another, we have grown to hate the Giants. Obviously, Goal #1 is always to watch the Cardinals take home the World Series in late October. But, if Goal #1 is out of reach, I would love to see the Giants’ pointless “even year” talk come to an end. They need to get over themselves, because it’s getting ridiculous.

First of all, the Giants will have a tough time competing in their own division this year. The Diamondbacks are loaded with star players like Zack Greinke and Paul Goldschmidt, while the Dodgers return Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, and Joc Pederson.

The Giants will have to hope that their two pitching signings, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, produce in 2016. San Francisco had a tough time in 2015 producing reliable options behind Madison Bumgarner, so they are in desperate need of reinforcements in the starting rotation. The Cardinals even stole one of their reliable pieces in Mike Leake, which is shaping up to be a nice addition for the club.

Second, the Cardinals will be standing in the Giants’ way when October hits. A healthy Adam Wainwright, dominant Carlos Martinez, and quality support in Michael Wacha and Leake will prove to be too much for San Francisco. That’s a deep playoff rotation that the Giants will not be able to counter. Also, if Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk both have solid seasons, the Cardinals will have the edge over the Giants in the outfield.

After all that, the only true advantage the Giants will have left is Bruce Bochy over Mike Matheny, but managers don’t get to step in the batter’s box or toe the rubber in the 9th inning, so I’ll live with that one disadvantage. All I’m saying is, if the Giants mess with the Cardinals in October 2016, they’re going to have problems.