SAN FRANCISCO -- Back to Square One, level par or wherever you want to place the Giants after so much gained and so much already lost.
Yes, the Giants were the Kings of May and early June, but that was a long time and many blown saves ago.
It's almost July now, and after Sunday's 4-0 loss to Cincinnati at AT&T Park, the Giants find themselves virtually tied with the Dodgers atop the division.
That's a 91/2-game Giants lead vanished, poof, in a flash of dismal baseball.
It doesn't mean they're done, though. It doesn't mean that this 4-15 plummet is who they are and that the 42-21 start is something they can never again be.
It just means that the Giants have suddenly turned a stroll into a struggle, and that was always the way it was going to work for them.
Look at this roster -- this is not a team capable of a divisional runaway.
But they're due to get healthier when Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt return to the lineup; frankly they're due to play better.
A lot better.
And look at where they are now -- tied for first at just past the halfway point -- is about right, really.
"It's really unbelievable; I mean, if you look at what's happened the last two weeks you'd think we were 15 games back," manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.
"That's why we have to look at the big picture, where we're at, not what's happened. We're in a fight now.
"It wasn't going to be easy. We knew that."
This is a Giants team that had everything working for almost 40 percent of the season -- good starting pitching, an incredible bullpen, clutch hitting and surprising power out of most parts of its lineup.
And in the most recent 10 percent of the season, the Giants have collapsed in almost every category -- erratic pitching across the board, very little situational hitting and a massive power shortage.
"We know we're a good team," shortstop Brandon Crawford said. "We're just going through a funk or something right now.
"We've had some tough games where we haven't played real well. But there's been a lot of bad luck, I feel like, too. I feel that will change."
Are they good enough to gut through this and duke it out with the Dodgers through the final three months?
They are definitely good enough if they figure out answers to these three questions:
Attrition is a huge part of this -- the Giants could handle losing one or both when their supplementary guys were going well (Michael Morse, Crawford, Brandon Hicks).
But having both out while Morse, Crawford and Hicks faltered has been a killer.
This team, as Bochy reaffirmed Sunday, goes as its pitching goes, and this season that has meant the usual excellence out of Madison Bumgarner and then everybody else.
By all signs, this might be the last gasp for Sergio Romo (who just lost his closer's role) and Pablo Sandoval (who, like Romo, is a pending free agent).
Tim Lincecum just threw a no-hitter, but he and Matt Cain haven't exactly been dominant for a while now, either.
And that bullpen is still heavily dependent on Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez -- at least for one more run.
The Giants core is still the war horses, and they still need them carrying a large share.
"We've just got to keep believing and get that confidence back," Bochy said. "And like I said, it's going to start with our pitchers. I like what I've seen from our starters."
In 2010, the cavalry was led by Buster Posey and Bumgarner.
In 2012, Crawford and Belt were the guys injecting new blood and energy.
This year? It doesn't appear there are reinforcements coming -- which is the same thing that crippled 2011 and 2013, too.
And the Giants certainly don't have an abundance of top prospects lying around to make the big trade for a veteran difference-maker.
Over the last few years, general manager Brian Sabean has adjusted on the fly by grabbing cheaper players when they come available.
He'll probably have to do it again in the coming weeks to fortify the sketchy areas -- second base, the bullpen, maybe another starting pitcher.
But the heart of this team isn't going to change; it was good enough to make the Giants look like worldbeaters in early June, and it is shaky enough to bring them to this point now.
They will have to fight their way out of this, and they are still in position to keep at this all the way into October.
They've gone a long way to start all over again, and it's not even July yet.
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