Atlanta vs San Francisco

So who’s gonna win?  How the heck should I know?  The Giants I mean.  Definitely!  

But let’s look at stats, because much like religion, that’s what baseball people go to when they have no real control over things.  I’m no jerk statistician, but I’ll take a crack at it anyway, because what else do I have to do while impatiently waiting for Thursday?  

Er..uh…so what do I look at?   The obvious would be who’s “the best” overall?  As the Braves are the Wild Card, I already know that answer, but let’s rub it in anyway:
Rk Tm W L W-L% last10 last20 last30
1 PHI 97 65 .599 6-4 15-5 23-7
2 SFG 92 70 .568 7-3 12-8 20-10
3 CIN 91 71 .562 5-5 10-10 14-16
4  ATL 91 71 .562 5-5 10-10 14-16
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Generated 10/6/2010.
Giants eek by on the W-L column and last 10 and last 20 win record, and destroy in the last 30 games played column with a 20-10 record.  Giants win.
How about Giants vs the Braves specifically this season?
Whoops!  3-4 record?  I thought the Braves were the underdog?  Um…oooOOOooo I know, how about this?
Whew, that’s better!  2-1 record against Atlanta at home, which is where this goddamn epic battle is going to begin.  I wish it was a 3-0 record but I’ll take it.  
How about pitchers vs batters?  I’ll just stick with the first game because I don’t have all day: Derek Lowe vs Tim Lincecum.  
Derek Lowe:
H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA
Juan Uribe 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 .667
Pat Burrell 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500
Matt Cain 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Mike Fontenot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jose Guillen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Aubrey Huff 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Travis Ishikawa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Edgar Renteria 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cody Ross 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500
Aaron Rowand 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Freddy Sanchez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Jonathan Sanchez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Pablo Sandoval 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Andres Torres 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .500
Eli Whiteside 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
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Generated 10/6/2010.

Tim Lincecum:
H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA
Alex Gonzalez 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .333
Brian McCann 2 0 0 1 2 1 2 .400
Eric Hinske 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 .200
Rick Ankiel 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Melky Cabrera 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167
Brooks Conrad 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Matt Diaz 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Diory Hernandez 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Jason Heyward 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 .200
Omar Infante 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 .429
Jair Jurrjens 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Kenshin Kawakami 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Martin Prado 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
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Generated 10/6/2010.
Summary

STAT GIANTS BRAVES WINNER
HR 3 0 Braves
RBI 5 2 Braves
BB 4 6 Giants
SO 15 6 Giants
BA .244 .220 Braves

So the Braves “win” 3-2.  But which of those stats are most important?  I guess batting average is probably important, and the Giants have the worse average against Derek Lowe.  On the other hand, Derek Lowe hasn’t faced Posey yet and he’s got the best batting average of the team.  
All-in-all…I still have no clue.  The stats seem depressing, but then you can still find a silver lining when you’re not reading what you want.  And it’s the playoffs, so everybody’s stats are going to be too close to make any real determinations, I would think, as if you could regardless just based on stats alone.  From an overall perspective, the Braves are obviously the underdog in this series, but if you look at their work specifically against the Giants, I’m not so sure… 
So who’s gonna win?  How the heck should I know?  The Giants I mean.  Definitely! 

Disssssss

Well I got what I wanted.

sweeptheleg.jpgTook 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?

busterposey.jpgVelez 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.)

eugeniobeamed.jpgJuan 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.

uribeslam.jpgStill in second place and three games behind because the Padres JUST WON’T LOSE!

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 SDP 58 39 .598 W 3
2 SFG 56 43 .566 3.0 W 4
3 LAD 53 46 .535 6.0 W 2
4 COL 51 47 .520 7.5 L 5
5 ARI 37 62 .374 22.0 L 4
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Generated 7/26/2010.

We’re also first now in the Wild Card race, but who wants to get to the series that way?

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 SDP 58 39 .598 W 3
2 ATL 57 41 .582 L 1
3  SFG 56 43 .566 W 4
4 STL 55 44 .556 1.0 W 1
5  CIN 55 45 .550 1.5 L 1
6  LAD 53 46 .535 3.0 W 2
7  PHI 52 46 .531 3.5 W 4
8  COL 51 47 .520 4.5 L 5
9  NYM 50 49 .505 6.0 L 2
10  FLA 49 49 .500 6.5 W 1
11  MIL 47 53 .470 9.5 W 4
12  CHC 45 54 .455 11.0 L 1
13  WSN 42 57 .424 14.0 L 3
14  HOU 40 58 .408 15.5 W 1
15  ARI 37 62 .374 19.0 L 4
16  PIT 34 64 .347 21.5 L 4
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Generated 7/26/2010.

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?

Nights With the Mets

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. 

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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?

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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!

Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
SDP 54 37 .593 W 4
COL 50 41 .549 4.0 W 1
SFG 50 42 .543 4.5 L 1
LAD 49 43 .533 5.5 L 4
ARI 34 58 .370 20.5 L 4
Avg 47 44 .517
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Generated 7/19/2010.

The Dodgers are on a 4 game losing streak and, from what I’ve been listening to on the radio (Bay Area radio mind you, so there is bias) they aren’t really playing tight as a team these days, whereas I feel the Giants are finally gelling.  That said, according to Dodgers Trends, they are 23-6 in their division, which includes the Giants.  The Giants are 9-20 in their division. Yikes.  So I can’t say I’m feeling it, honestly.  I need some inspiration…

beatla.jpgThere we go!  (Whoever that guy is will probably sue me someday.)

Suck It, All-Star Game!

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!

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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.

stalkers.jpgSpeaking 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+.

pandovalmask.jpgNine 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? 

headinjury.jpgCrawled up half a game and the second half of the season is looking good!

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 SDP 51 37 .580 W 1
2 COL 49 39 .557 2.0 L 1
3 LAD 49 40 .551 2.5 L 1
4 SFG 48 41 .539 3.5 W 3
5 ARI 34 55 .382 17.5 L 1
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Generated 7/16/2010.

Brew Ha Ha!

So can we like play the Brewers ever day? 

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GOD we needed that!  A four game winning sweep.  And it wasn’t even torturous like so many Giants wins.  I don’t even have to talk about awesome pitching today, because there was HITTING to be talked about!  50 hits to be exact, 34 RBIs, 36 runs, EIGHT homers!  Was I watching the right team? 

imposter.jpgGame 3 was by far my favorite.  Right off the bat, home runs by Torres, Huff and Posey in the first inning.  THE FIRST INNING.  Three home runs in the first inning apparently hasn’t happened for the Giants since Bonds, Kent and Burks in 1999.

homerunners.jpgThen in the 4th, they load the bases.  Big deal, they load the bases all the time.  They also leave hitters stranded all the time.  But NOPE! everybody gets in.  Then they load the bases again.  And…GRAND SLAM by Posey for his second home run in the game, and first major league career grand slam. 

grandslambyposey.jpgIt was definitely Posey’s weekend.  9 hits, 9 RBIs, 6 runs and 4 home runs, in four games.  I’ve said it before, but I’m repetitive: you can’t be named Buster Posey and not be a good baseball player.  Forget skill and hard work, it’s the name.  His parents were geniuses.  (Unless they liked football or something.)  In 2083, there will be documentaries interviewing old, denture wearing dudes who can’t stop talking about what a great ballplayer Buster Posey was.  “He had it all!”  It just sounds right.  Buster Posey. 
vintageposey.jpgToo bad he’ll probably be traded to the Yankees.

cliffleetraded.jpgAnywho, we face the media circus tonight.  Strasburg!  Say that with a heavy German accent.  Sounds scary, right?  Bit worried of course, but I’m also feeling cocky after a four game winning streak and the fact that we did alright against Jimenez.  Besides he’s only one guy and one game.  We’ve got a 2-1 record against the Nationals this year and 225-207 all time.  We’ll be alright.

liljinx.jpgStill in 4th place, but only 5 games behind now.  Crawling our way back up!

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 SDP 50 35 .588 W 1
2 COL 47 38 .553 3.0 W 4
3 LAD 47 38 .553 3.0 W 1
4 SFG 45 40 .529 5.0 W 4
5 ARI 33 53 .384 17.5 W 1
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Generated 7/9/2010.

Rocky Weekend

Hey kids!  Now you too can own a genuine authentic 4th of July MLB cap worn by the San Francisco Giants on the weekend they got slaughtered by Colorado!

4thofjulycap.jpgWent 1-3 against Colorado.  At least the streak got broken.  And what the heck?  The only game they won was the game where Ubaldo Jiminez was pitching?  That dude practically had a negative ERA and yet somehow the Giants scored 11 runs that game.  They rarely get 11 hits, forget about 11 runs!  Look at what they did to him!

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA
2010 26 COL NL 14 1 .933 2.27
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Generated 7/6/2010.

HA!  He’s got a 2-something ERA now.  What a loser.  Actually, that’s still pretty ridiculous.  How the heck did they hit off that guy?  Huff is awesome.  I love Huff, he’s my favorite “new” guy, even though all these guys are new to me.  I thought it was going to be DeRosa, but look where that went?  Nowhere.  So yay Huff.  I don’t care if Googling you is kind of scary, you’re awesome. 

aubreyhuff.jpgSpeaking of awesome, congrats to Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson for making the All-Star Team!  Lincecum has been in a slump, but he and his long hair are still popular thanks to his back-to-back Cy Youngs, so hardly a surprise.  And Wilson is awesome pretty much always, mohawk and all.  Hey!  They both have weird hair.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

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Hey kids!  Don’t forget to buy your 2010 authentic All-Star gear!

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Third Verse…

…same as the first (and second).  See yesterday’s post and then add this:

pulling-out-hair.jpgThe Giants are really bad in their own division, which isn’t good, since teams generally can’t get to the playoffs without being good in their division.  Lookit this:

20100701nlwestheadtohead.jpgWe’re neck and neck with Arizona when it comes to games within the NL West. ARIZONA!  Everyone in this division is beating Arizona, this is not an accomplishment.  We’ve got four games against Colorado coming up, we have to do better.  How?  I dunno, I’m no manager.  Maybe stop hitting every ball into a double play?  Maybe stop stranding people on base?  Maybe don’t require four hits for every one run? 

strike_out.jpgEvery time I tune into the radio, they’re talking line-up changes to solve all ills.  Seems to me if you can’t hit, you can’t hit, who cares which order you hit in?  So yeah, start hitting the ball, or find a place to hit that isn’t the third baseman’s glove.  I think that would work.

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