What’s with me and the Star Wars references this week? I’ll balance it out with some Star Trek in a minute. Anywho.
Pablo? Buster? Aubrey? Anybody? Talk about a pitching war. No denying Chad Billingsley was pretty amazing, throwing his second career shutout and third complete game. But y’know, even though we lost, Zito had a steller performance as well, making it to the eighth inning and allowing only six hits and two runs, the second run chalked up to Romo allowing one hit in the 0.2 innings he pitched. Yeesh.
This is the second time in a row we’ve lost the last game of the series. Both times I’ve felt bummed afterward, which is kind of a negative considering we still won the series. In fact we’ve won the last FOUR series, and are still ranked #2 in the division, with only FOUR games behind the Padres. Today’s blog post is sponsored by the number…
Off to face Arizona in a FOUR game series. The D-Backs are trailing the division, 19 games behind the Padres and 15 games behind us. Please please PLEASE let us slaughter them!
Bay Area Slaughter?
That’s two sweeps in a row. I watched enough of Friday’s game to see Zito give up three (of six) runs. Watched all of Saturday’s torturous struggle, on a big screen no less, just to really give it resonance. Could have watched Sunday’s game, but opted out after three innings because it felt like a repeat of Saturday, and frankly I was just bored. Three games and one run, how is that not boring? Sorry Giants.
We started out so strong, and now it feels like we’ve lost any momentum we managed to generate. Still have more than half a season to go, but I feel like fourth place is looming dangerously close!
Well, it’s official!
The D-Back, of all teams, officially knocked us down a peg. Weird game. We lose by one run, which is ridiculously usual for us, but Golden God Tim only pitches five innings, walking five and surrendering five hits, including a home run. And even weirder, the score on both sides exceeded one run. In fact, at one point, both teams scored five runs back to back. Unheard of this season! Bochy ejected? Affeldt allowing a stolen run to home? Weird game.
I was really expecting to sweep the D-Backs, not get swept. But it occurred to me that I should have known better. Here’s my theory on what happened. Behold this man:
That is my father-in-law. He’s one of those guys that are good at winning. He’s the guy who’s ahead of you in your fantasy football league. He’s the guy who’s going to take all your chips if you sit down with him at the poker table. He’s the guy who’s going to draw the elusive domino needed to go out in Mexican Train.
And this year he’s decided to get into baseball again, and since he lives in Arizona, he’s decided to be a D-Backs fan. And sure, they’re in last place, so one could argue that his winning powers aren’t all that. But that’s now how it works, folks. How it works is, he wins when it’s important. He wins when brother-in-law and I are dying to rub it in that the Giants creamed his team. THAT’s when his powers kick and we get swept. So again Giants fan, this guy is why we lost:
Bay Bridge Series next! Would love a win or three, but fun either way. Zito’s up tonight, pitching against his old stomping grounds, hopefully doing better than he’s done previous:
Apparently he doesn’t like being booed. But he’s doing great this year, reinvented himself, so here’s hoping he’s got thicker skin tonight.
As if in honor of Willie’s birthday Giants finally swept again!
Are we sick of the Karate Kid references yet? Yeah, me too. Anyway, I can’t remember who said this, I think it was on the post game show, but it’s completely true. Giants Baseball = TORTURE!
Two out of three games they won by the skin of their teeth. That first one especially, they “went plaid” again with 13 innings. Thank god Rowand tied it up in the 9th with that very timely home run.
Second game, the Marlins load the bases, what? Twice? With zero outs. I can’t remember if that’s what really happened, but if felt like it. Thank god for Romo, who bailed us out and let us keep our one run lead. Can’t believe I’m saying, because I’ve been kind of despising Romo this season.
Yesterday’s game was a little less pressure, as we had 3 runs on ’em by the end, thanks to Cain’s 6 inning shutout, but the Marlins still managed to squeeze one more out before the Giants ended things, and I admit I got a little nervous, because this season has proved that it ain’t over until it’s over.
Our starting pitchers keep the other team at bay. Our weak hitting keeps the other team competitive, despite our starting pitchers. Our bullpen seems to drop the ball and ruin our leads around the 8th or 9th inning every game, which makes being cocky and confident an impossibility.
But I’m not here to complain. We swept! We took the last series. Whatever we’re doing is currently working, it just makes for some real nail biters.
Off to New York, #1 again in our division, with a three game winning streak under our belt.
Kinda. Didn’t get the sweep. I guess Jhoulys Chacin knows the crane kick because he shut us out for seven innings in the last game.
Speaking of shut out, no game two on television? The one day I actually could have sat down and watched a good chunk of it, and it was know where to be found on Direct TV. What’s that about?
Trying to recap the last game on baseball-reference.com, but how do ya read all this stuff? How can I tell who started for the Giants? How can I tell who was pitching in the 5th when the Rockies scored 3? That information has to be somewhere amongst all these numbers and abbreviations, but I’m sure not finding it.
Anyway, congrats to Cain for finally kicking *** in game two! Only gave up one hit and zero runs in eight innings. Fantastic! And congrats to Zito for his first ever 4-0 record, with the help of Romo and Affeldt. Cliff Lee thinks you’re all very cool!
One final thought on this series…what’s with the jerseys?
Now off to Florida to face the Marlins. They don’t sound especially scary, so let’s not let them whup us! Should I do the prediction stat thing again? Meh, who cares? What happens happens. Our W-L% is .583 and the Marlins have a .520, so we should win, right? Right? Exactly.
Though I wasn’t especially satisfied with my last preview, I think I’ll try this again anyway. But I’m not going to do the stats again because that told me nothing. Just scribbles all over the place. I did the same charts for the Rockies and it was much to same.
So let’s look at it from a head-to-head history with the Rockies. Here’s last year’s games:
Out of 18 games, we won 10, so not bad but pretty close. What else can we look at? Well, it’s a home game series again, so how about that?
|2009-05-01||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||3||2||1||0|
|2009-05-02||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||L||1||5||1||1|
|2009-05-03||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||1||0||2||1||10|
|2009-08-28||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||2||0||6||7|
|2009-08-29||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||5||3||7||7|
|2009-08-30||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||9||5||8||7|
|2009-09-14||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||9||1||9||7|
|2009-09-15||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||10||2||10||7|
|2009-09-16||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||L||3||4||10||8|
So out of nine home games, the Giants took seven. That’s promising. What about um…hmm…ooo how about starting pitchers?
|2009-08-29||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||5||3||B. Zito||J. Marquis||B. Wilson|
|2009-09-15||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||W||10||2||B. Zito||U. Jimenez|
Tomorrow is Zito. He was 2-0 against ’em and 3-0 overall this year. Cool.
|2009-05-02||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||L||1||5||J. Marquis||M. Cain|
|2009-05-07||San Francisco Giants||@||Colorado Rockies||W||8||3||M. Cain||J. Marquis|
|2009-07-24||San Francisco Giants||@||Colorado Rockies||W||3||1||M. Cain||J. Hammel||B. Wilson|
|2009-09-16||San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies||L||3||4||J. de la Rosa||M. Cain||R. Betancourt|
Saturday is Cain. He was 2-2 and 0-1 overall this year. Meh.
|2009-07-25||San Francisco Giants||@||Colorado Rockies||L||2||8||J. de la Rosa||J. Sanchez|
|2009-08-21||San Francisco Giants||@||Colorado Rockies||W||6||3||J. Sanchez||A. Cook|
Sánchez on Sunday. 1-1 against the Rockies last year and currently is 2-1 overall.
|2009-07-26||San Francisco Giants||@||Colorado Rockies||L||2||4||A. Cook||R. Sadowski||H. Street|
|2009-08-21||San Francisco Giants||@||Colorado Rockies||W||6||3||J. Sanchez||A. Cook|
The only reoccuring starter for the Rockies is Cook, who had a 1-1 against us and is currently 1-2, so once again our pitchers prevail, but only because I have no one on the Rockies side to compare with.
What else is there to look at? Um…batting and pitching for this year?
GIANTS BATTING AVG
|Rank in 16 NL teams||12||8||4||7||8||11||1|
ROCKIES BATTING AVG
|Rank in 16 NL teams||2||2||3||2||3||2||4|
Giants win it again. (And did I mention how much I’m liking Schierholtz?)
|Rank in 16 NL teams||4||12||2||7|
|7||SP||Jorge de la Rosa*||29||3||1||.750||3.91||4||4||0||0|
|Rank in 16 NL teams||7||7||6||1|
Giants win it again.
Yeah, so I’m no expert, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t take the next series. Let’s hearken back to the early days of April and get another sweep! 🙂