If you are moved by karma as well as math, the Giants have just gotten their first 2015 lesson about odd-numbered years.
Hunter Pence has a broken left forearm just above the wrist after being hit by Chicago Cubs non-roster right-hander Corey Black in the sixth inning of an 8-6 Giant win. The Giants diagnosed the injury at the stadium as a break, but Pence went off for X-rays to confirm the injury.
Typically, injuries like this take a good 2 ½ months to heal and be rehabbed, but in some cases healing has come faster; Albert Pujols missed only 15 games in 2011. Pence is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
But in the bigger picture, as mystics will tell you, it’s 2015. And when it’s 2015, it isn’t 2010, 2012 or 2014. And since the odd-year fetish has already gripped Giants fans, this becomes the first dark harbinger of bad times ahead.
In fact, some people went immediately to the Buster Posey broken ankle in 2011 for their frame of reference. Posey was the most indispensable Giant four years ago, and in that way his injury was a death blow for their season.
Pence is equally indispensable in that he is this power-deficient team’s best power hitter, and neither Nori Aoki nor Gregor Blanco is going to replicate Pence’s 20-plus and 90-plus production -- or even approach it.
“You know Hunter,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on the scene. “He’s always upbeat and optimistic. Said he tried to move out of the way. (The pitch) kind of ran in and got him there. If it is broken, the silver lining is it’s early in the spring and at least we have a month to start the healing process.
“You hate to see it, but unfortunately these things do happen. Those guys work so hard all winter. You hate to see it in the second game out there. But we’re still hoping for the best news, hoping maybe we’re wrong.”
They weren’t wrong. Pence is unavailable until May, realistically, and this therefore qualifies as the first sign of OYS -- Odd Year Syndrome.
Tread fearfully, Giants fans.