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.
Giants won yesterday, but so did the Padres and the Braves, so the gap did not get wider, and the standing did not change for either the NL West Division or the Wild Card. But the magic number changed from four to three. Three measly games and we see playoffs. Or…if the Giants sweep the D-Backs tonight and the Padres lose, I think the magic number would be one. Or the Giants AND the Padres could win tonight and the number would be two. I think.
That’s what yesterday was. I got exactly what I wanted:
That’s the new Giants slogan. Not sure if that’s better or worse than the “magic” variety.
|2010-05-19||L||0||1||I. Kennedy||T. Wellemeyer|
|2010-07-22||W||4||2||M. Cain||R. Lopez|
|2010-07-24||W||6||2||M. Bumgarner||I. Kennedy|
|2010-08-27||L||7||3||B. Enright||T. Lincecum|
|2010-09-07||W||10||4||T. Lincecum||B. Enright|
|For 2010, SFG won 10, ARI won 5.|
I also have this theory that teams that are officially out are playing better than teams that are still in the race. Maybe it’s a “relaxed” thing. Aubrey Huff looks like he’s going to pop a new blood vessel every game, these days.
I’ve decided statistics mean nothing. They’re fun and all, and god knows I’m somewhat hooked on them now, read them, post them, do more with them than I ever thought I would when I first started this blog…but yeah they mean nothing. With each and ever game, you never know. You can pretend to know, but you never know. You can look at the Cubs, just as a for instance, and notice they are 17 games back, 5th in their division, with a win-loss record of 48-67 and say to yourself, “ppfffftt…easy series!” And then they come into town and make you struggle like you’ve never struggled before!
Giants ultimately take the four game series with a 3-1 record, but MAN! were the Cubs tougher than I thought they would be. They made the Giants earn every freaking win. There was no easy game. Everything involved that “skin of their teeth” expression. A win is a win, and we did good, but I am so glad those guys are going home. And it makes me wonder: are we slumping again or did they just happen to bring their A++++ game?
Speaking of the Cubs, their logo stirs me for some reason. I have a Cubs memory that I cannot remember. It is maddening. Something about their logo and my childhood. But I can’t remember. All I can remember is that I can’t remember something I’m supposed to remember. Perhaps…I think…MAYBE…I had a Cubs hat when I was a kid. Why did I have a Cubs hat though? As I’ve said before, I didn’t grow up in a sports obsessed family. I didn’t grow up in a family that came from Chicago either. Why would I have had a Cubs hat? It makes no sense, and yet I cannot shake the vague recollection that it’s true anyway. And even if it is true, and I am recalling correctly, why do I care or remember it at all? Why does it affect me so? I wasn’t a hat person, I’ve never been a hat person. Why do I have such fond almost-memories of a Cubs hat? What happened with that hat? I do not care about the Cubs, I don’t follow the team, I don’t care about its roster or standings, and yet…they have those hats…
So, we’re back to 2.5 games behind and we’re finally going to face the Padres again, the scary, consistently number 1 team in the NL West. They destroyed us before, but so did everybody else, and we have been issuing much payback since post-All-Star break. Can we do the same with the Friars? Our bullpen is tired, Andres Torres didn’t get his break yesterday, Jonathan Sánchez is inexplicably talking smack and I can’t say that I’m not worried. This next series feels like the true test as to whether we’re playoff worthy.
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?
I LOVE the new scoreboard layout on MLB. Way cooler.
SF @ MIL
How many times can you beam Fielder and call it an “accident?” Seriously, enough’s enough! The first time was too much, let’s not create a new “beam Fielder” tradition every time we play the Brewers. It’s beyond childish at this point.
CHC @ SF
Only one more spring training game and then we’re on to the real thing. The world seems excited about this team, and I am too. On the other hand, it’s a clean slate for everyone, so if you have a team you’re not excited about, that sucks. It’s also unlikely. Which coach is on television this season saying “Yeah, we probably don’t have a chance…”? None of them, for sure. Everyone thinks their team is going to be it this year, that’s why the beginning of the season is so great, nothing bad has happened yet, and there’s plenty of time to get there.
Spring training means nothing, but if it did, we’re looking pretty good!
Only one more fake game to go, and it’s a biggiee. Can we lock it in and take them out twice? Random guy says YES!