“The San Francisco Giants are what the Yankees used to be”

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The headline calls the Giants “obnoxious,” and John McGrath of the Tacoma News-Tribune writes that “The San Francisco Giants are a nuisance,” but whatever words are used, his argument is clear: he’s sick of the Giants. For some reason. I dunno, it’s never really clear why he thinks so. He just thinks so. The Yankees comp he throws out is not explained, though, but cut him some slack. He’s on a roll.

He throws any possible criticism of the Giants out there — somehow missing Barry Bonds — in an effort to show how sick he is of seeing the Giants in the World Series. They’re not as cool as they were when Willie Mays played. Their old ballpark sucked and . . . that mattered for some reason. Hunter Strickland is a punk. The Giants have been too good in the past few years. Blah, blah, blah. He does make exceptions, though: Hunter Pence and Buster Posey are “whatever-it-takes gamers.” Whatever the hell that means.

There may be some people who have Giants fatigue out there. I get that. If so, don’t watch the World Series maybe? Or at least try to explain why that matters. Because, really, there isn’t anything particularly loathsome about the Giants. If you think there are you are either a Dodgers fan, in which case you get a pass for rivalry reasons, or you’re stretching.

Whatever the case, this is what happens when someone says “write about the World Series” and you have nothing to say. But, dammit, you’re gonna say something sharp and controversial.

Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.