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?
BTW, the Giants did sweep the Mets. I forgot.
Coulda been a sweep, but it was one of those stupid four-game series. I don’t like those. One, it’s possible to tie, and who the heck wants to tie in baseball? And two, it’s just that much more unlikely a team will get through four games without losing at least one. Oh well, went 3-1 against the Mets, and made them really earn that one win by going into the 10th inning.
But who wants to talk Mets? We’re going back on the road, and we’re playing the Dodgers, who we’ve stunk it up against so far, and the Diamondbacks, both of which are in our division, and we can’t seem to beat teams in our division. While it seems like the team is finally coming together; the pitching is back, the line-up accomplishes runs, everybody’s got their game on, this will be the real test, I think. Playing the Mets and Brewers doesn’t mean anything, we have to start beating up our division. So this is the week, can ya feel it?
I think before yesterday’s loss, we were ranked two, but it didn’t even last twenty hours. We are now at three, but that’s still better than four!
There we go! (Whoever that guy is will probably sue me someday.)
You don’t want to play our pitcher in your fancy special game, then we’ll play our pitcher instead and he’ll throw his first complete game this season and earn his 10th win this season and throw his fourth career shut out and his first career win against the Mets. Neener!
Sorry I got all “bat” crazy the last couple posts, Mr. Lincecum. Sorry I was all Buster around the Posey. I got excited about the new and shiny, I admit it. But you are still the best thing to watch on this team, especially when you’re on fire. You are still the face of this franchise for me, hands down. I love you. Call me.
Speaking of my new and shiny love for hitting, where was it? Another 2-0 game. Pablo got a double, and everyone got stoked, especially Pablo. I’m happy for him, but I don’t necessarily think it means anything, despite what Bay Area media would have me believe. Everyone’s bound to his once in a while, right? It was a nice hit for sure, and very timely. I certainly hope it’s a turning point for him, and he keeps it up, because Pandamonium is much cuter when he’s batting .300+.
Nine innings for Lincecum though! A complete game! That never happens for any of our starters. Bochy is a yanker. But not last night! Was it because he could tell Lincecum was hot? Or was it that 6th inning foul ball that hit him in the head?
Crawled up half a game and the second half of the season is looking good!