|Think the G's like having this guy back? Photo: MLB|
Games at parks such as Coors, Great American and Miller Field definitely illustrate just how hard it is to hit in SF. The ball just flies out. And the Giants muscled up, especially their HOME GROWN infield.
Giants 8, Brewers 4
Giants 6, Brewers 3
Giants 3, Brewers 1
I think its time that the World Champs get acknowledged as being a pretty damn good baseball team. This does come up from time to time, how they are continually underestimated and put down by the various "experts". They play good defense, they run the bases pretty well (although the fastest guys are usually the ones with the mistakes: Cough: Aoki Cough: Blanco), they hit pretty well and they pitch pretty well. That all adds up.
Right now it looks like the hitting is going great guns, but the pitching and especially the bullpen needs to get acknowledged. Sergio Romo's ownage of Carlos Gomez is just comical, Gomez was trying to bunt for a hit today.
Pence getting back, getting a big threat into the lineup just lengthens the hell out of things. Suddenly all the table setting really starts to get opposing pitchers shaky. And Belt, he of the mighty bat drop, is taking off at the right time as well.
Crawford's play last night on the liner was amazing. Its crazy he won't be considered for all-stars, which has become sort of a gold-gloves type thing of "once you're in..."
Pablo Sandoval is hitting 265/333/401. That's about 15 points light on the average and 20 points light on the slugging. But besides that? Right on track with the regression that has been going on the past 3-4 years.
A 12 man crew of hitters of Posey, Susac, Belt, Panik, Crawford, Duffy, Arias, Pence, Pagan, Aoki, Blanco and Maxwell can make it work.
Homestand starts with the Braves. Will newly acquired Juan Uribe get some cheers to go with those jeers now that he's out of Dodger Blue? Inquiring minds want to know!
Bobbleheads will be given out, hopefully Hesto rights the ship at home.
Series Rundown Recap: 7 series wins (4 sweeps), 4 series losses (1 sweep), 4 Splits