Hey, another first for me. I’m the featured blog this uh…day? Week? Arbitrary amount of time? Anyway, thanks to whomever picks that stuff, that’s awesome! Oh the pressure…
I’ve got baseball on the brain, but at the same time I’m trying not to spend too much time and effort over analyzing every little thing about today’s game. So instead I revisisited one of my favorite baseball sites, Flip Flop Fly Ball to see what latest and greatest graphs and charts were available to peruse. And much to my delight, there was a bobblehead chart! Check it.
Maybe July was just an easy month. Mets, D-Backs, Marlins, Brewers, not the cream of the crop, to be sure. Yeah, there was the Rockies and Dodgers in there too, so I was thinking the success was legit, but they seem to be sliding now. There’s a lot of season to go, but its facing the Padres, Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, Padres, Rockies, Dodgers, oh and more Padres and Padres. We’re five games back and second place in the Wild Card race. Yes, there’s a lot more season to go, but…
R.I.P. Bobby Thomson who died Monday at 86. I’d like to experience something like that with the Giants someday. The whole jumping up and down thing. That would be cool.
Well I got what I wanted.
Took the series, four AWAY games against a DIVISION rival. I mean, yeah I guess not really a rival since the D-Backs have been way behind for quite some time, but the Giants are so bad at facing the NL West, a win is a win is a win is a win! I talked about the first game already, but some things that stand out about the other three:
Posey Keeps On Hitting
And hitting and hitting and…a .371 batting average and an 18 game hitting streak, which places him second to McCovey for rookie Giants hitting streaks. Is he stoppable? Probably, but let’s enjoy the ride, eh?
Velez Knocked in the Head
The most hated player on the Giants roster, if you go by Twitter, is knocked in the head while drinking his Gatorade by a foul ball from Pat Burrell. Dislike him or not, that’s still not cool. Is there no way to keep the dugout safe from such random attacks? It’s happened at least three times this year that I’ve read about. (Maybe he can do Mountain Dew commercials now, though.)
Juan Uribe’s Grand Slam
My step-daughter and I were shouting the “OOO-RIBEH!” chant in our living room when he decided to hit his fourth career grand slam in the 7th on game three, with two outs and on the first pitch to boot. I totally think it was our chant that did it.
Still in second place and three games behind because the Padres JUST WON’T LOSE!
We’re also first now in the Wild Card race, but who wants to get to the series that way?
I also saw on the television that we’re number one hits this month. Not sure if I saw that right and have no idea where to go to validate it but if that’s true? MAN what a different team post-All-Star game, eh?
Didn’t sweep ’em, but at least we won another series. Still trailing behind San Diego though, but soooo close. But now we’re up against the Phillies who, like the Cardinals, are number one in their division, plus they did that whole “making it to the World Series last year” thing. And Sánchez and Wellemeyer are pitching the first two games, and they haven’t been so hot. So…scary!
But there’s me being pessimistic again. You can do it guys! They ain’t got nothing! (Actually, more on this in another post, me thinks.)
Don’t have much to say about the Cardinals, other than:
HATE orange jersey Friday, or whatever it’s called. I’m using the word HATE here. I love their current uniforms, why are we screwing ’em up on Fridays?
LOVE that our pitchers strike out the greatest baseball player of all time, past, present, future, blah blah blah. (Well except for that one home run, but let’s not dwell on that.)
We still can’t hit. In game two, I think both our runs were results of Cardinal errors. Lucky us. We also seem to miss out on a lot of RBI opportunities. On the flip side, our pitchers are so good, no one can hit off us either. Makes for some very low scoring, close games. We’re not going to see a 20-zip Giants game anytime soon.
All-in-all, nice to take a series again. Would have preferred a sweep, of course, but the Cardinals are a tough team, so two out of three is all you can ask for. Now let’s do the same against the Phillies!
P.S. The Kid and I were watching last night’s game and she looked at me and said, “Who are those guys? The Red Robins?” Adorable!
Sorry about my post yesterday. Here I go saying I’m not going to get pessimistic, and then go and get pessimistic in the same dang sentence! But I know it’s just a rut, and the only way to keep ruts powerful is to dwell on them, so let’s not. We can shake this, it’s no big deal, plenty more games to show off some greatness still. We’ve had a day off, what’s done is done, let’s move forward.
Going against St. Louis tonight. Shouldn’t be a problem. Sure, they’re number one in their division right now, but so were you just one game ago, and you can be again, so let’s not worry about that. Sure they have “the greatest baseball player past present and future blah blah blah” Albert Pujols, but he ain’t even batting .300 right now, and we have Lincecum starting tonight (I think), so no worries there either.
So get on out there tonight and show ’em what for! Do it for yourself. Do it for us. Do it for this guy:
He’s counting on ya, don’t let him down!
With the real season coming up here quick, let’s take a moment to see what we look like in the grand scheme of things before we add another year of numbers. (AKA, another excuse to make charts in Excel!)
From beginning of time to last season, the Giants rank #2 in the league for win percentage. Not bad really. The Yankees are the winner, of course, and it doesn’t look like they will be dethroned anytime soon. Dodgers are catching up, but we still got a decent enough gap there. (And just as an FYI, we rank #1 in total actual wins, but since not every
team started in the 1800s, that standing isn’t exactly a fair comparison.)
And since I was at it, here’s the rest of the league, for my imaginary readers whose team didn’t make the top 15:
I’m betting Rays fans are hard core.
Now about some head-to-head? How do we compare to other teams on a face-to-face level?
Giants are still beating out everyone else in the National League. They have more wins vs losses than each and every team, though it looks like the Dodgers are a few wins away from pushing that bar to the left. But that’s what makes good rivalry, right? Who wants to have a rivalry with a team that sucks?
American League is kicking our butts a bit harder. Of course, we face them much less, which makes each loss much more powerful than the National League chart. Looks like 6 out of 14 teams are beating us more than we’re beating them, including the A’s, which…sucky! Still above average though.
All-in-all not a bad state of affairs. Again though, this is over the Giants entire history, so I’m betting a lot of their momentum was built back in the day. Best make sure we keep things going so we can stay on top, eh?