Man post-post season is ridiculously boring, isn’t it? Even Jane Heller has been reduced to move reviewing. There could be news if someone would actually do something, but so far there’s just unanswered questions, like…
Each team contributed two home runs, Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland for the Rangers, and Cody “MVP” Ross and Andres Torres for the Giants. Unfortunately for the Giants, when Mitch Moreland did it, there were two men on base. Giants lose, 4-2.
|WORLD SERIES WIN COUNTER|
I painted all day Saturday.
The wife and I just bought a new house, so my weekends have been
replaced by manual labor in an effort to make the house her own. Labor makes me tired and I almost forgot that
Game 6 was even happening that day, but I managed to wake up and tune in to see
the Phillies score 2 runs off Sanchez in the 1st.
Off to Game 7, eh?
God damn it.
I was tired, it had already been a long day, and the idea of
three hours of torture to cap off my evening did not appeal to me at all. I turned on Star Trek. This will be easier. Captain Kirk always wins, even when he’s in
It started off good.
I managed to sit back, relax and enjoy watching the exploits from where
no man has gone before. But then the
back of my brain started scratching.
“Hey, what if something awesome is happening right now? What if the Giants have hit eight home runs
in a row or something? You’re missing
it!” I brushed it off and kept watching,
but “what if…?”
I cave and flip to the game, “just briefly” I tell myself,
and it’s tied up 2-2. I convince myself
that a tie is worse than losing, and it will probably go 12 innings now just to
get to Game 7 anyway. I flip back to
Trek. Captain Kirk isn’t doing so well
but I’m confident he’ll come through.
I start switching back more frequently. Every time there’s the briefest lull in Trek
action, I use it as an excuse to “let’s just quickly see how it’s going.” Still 2-2.
Over and over again, it’s still 2-2.
Every time I switch back, there’s a new pitcher; Sanchez, Affeldt,
Bumgarner (BUMGARNER?) and it continues to remain 2-2.
By the 8th inning, I’m watching more baseball
than Trek. It was more torturous to not
know what was going on than it was to just watch the torture. UUUU-Ribe hits a home run. Captain Kirk will have to go on without
me. Game 7 gets farther away. Can we hold them?
Lincecum is brought in to try. Lincecum!
One day of rest and coming in to help close? Ridiculously unusual, and I’m not sure if it’s
a great idea, but I’m glad to see him anyway.
He strikes out Werth. But then
Victorino and Ibanez get on base. Oh
no. Then they call in Wilson. Oh no again.
This is too early for him isn’t it?
It’s only the 8th.
They should only bring him in when there’s three outs left, not
five! Double play-YES!
Three more outs and the World Series.
Wilson’s back. Good, it has to be Wilson. Ross Gload grounds out, two more to go. Jimmy Rollins walks, oh no. That’s okay, Wilson always has to have a
little drama, it’s part of his charm. Palanco
grounds out. ONE MORE TO GO. Utley walks.
OH NO. There’s drama and then
there’s drama, Wilson. Ryan Howard steps
up. The crappy Fox announcers talk about
how he hasn’t done anything for the Phillies all post-season. “Thanks for the jinx”, I think to myself, wondering
if this will be the moment where he decides to snap out of his funk and hit one
out of the park to keep his team in the game.
Strikeout! Giants win
the NLCS! World Series bound!
The Giants come rushing off the bench and everyone jumps up
and down as the quietest stadium I’ve ever seen in my life watches their
victory. My wife and mother-in-law were
all watching at this point, and even they commented that it seemed a shame no
one else was celebrating. Were there no
Giants fans there? Probably but
considering the massive sea of red, they must have been few and far between. I didn’t expect fireworks or even applause
really, but man was that moment quiet.
It’s a real shame they couldn’t have won it in San Francisco.
Nothing against the Rangers, but they weren’t officially in
it until the other day and haven’t really been on my radar. The Phillies have been the team to beat since
the Giants made it into the post-season.
They’ve been to the World Series the last two years and have clinched
their division consecutively since 2007 and they were number one in the
National League this year. They were the
hurdle the Giants had to get past as soon as the regular season was done. Hats off to you Phillies, MUCH respect. You didn’t make it easy.
Off to the World Series.
Giants vs Rangers. Posey vs
Molina. “Haven’t won a World Series
since NY” vs “Haven’t won a World Series ever.”
I know little about the Rangers, other than Molina’s been hitting and
Cliff Lee is full of win. I’ll look into
them later. Right now let’s just bask in
the joy of winning the NLCS.
Congrats to Cody Ross for being selected MVP of the
NLCS. You da man!
Can’t write about Game 3 today because it hasn’t happened yet. Everybody got a day off yesterday so they could bring the fun to San Francisco. So let’s look at more stats!
Yesterday was weird.
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.
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! 🙂