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The Giants took care of business behind some stellar, stellar starting pitching. Of course it was the lowly Diamondbacks, but they still needed to get these wins. Great job.
How clutch has Jake Peavy been? 2.99 ERA, 7.8 H/9, 3.25 K/BB and 2 HRs allowed over 8 starts. 6 of 8 Quality Starts, the Giants are finally taking advantage, they are 4-4 in his starts. Yet another lucky trade by a bumbling crew of Vet Lovers. TM
A note on the sweep: you don't want to be that idiot at the park with a broom. Bad juju.
And a note on the kids: you don't want to be that idiot calling the farm system a "nuclear wasteland" when a strong candidate for rookie of the year gets called up the next day. Bad juju.
September 9 Giants 5, D-backs 1
September 10 Giants 5, D-backs 0
September 11 Giants 6, D-backs 2
Keys to the series: Play to win Bochy! Any flagging needs pen replacement before it gets out of hand. Giants are 8-5 against the D-backs, they play six of the next 9 against them. 6-6 against the Padres, they get them for 7 more. And 7-6 against the Bums, six more. Goldschmidt won't be around to haunt Timmy, and the D-backs look pretty punchless. Score runs, hold leads, win these games. Don't look forward to the Dodgers series for the weekend.
There was no flagging. The Starters were horses. The Giants are now 11-5 against the D-backs, and need to pour it on next time. Now its time to go looking for the Dodgers.
Good hitting: Matt Duffy with a beautiful pinch hit double to break open the 2nd game. Gregor Blanco has come alive. Don't look at his WAR score now! Joe Panik with a 5 for 5 in the opener, shut out the next two - but missed a splash hit by inches. Andrew Susac didn't get much play but showed some maturity.
Bad hitting: I'm still not sold on backing up the Brink's Truck on Pablito. He did have a nice RBI hit late, but his impatience and desire to be the hero just doesn't produce enough runs via the old Ribeye.
Good pitching: Petit was awesome. Vogey was shaky, yet awesome. Peavy is a red ass competitor who is really young still. Re-sign him with a quickness!
Bad pitching: Nope.
And now... its the season, coming at ya harder than you think:
Keys to the series: Score first. Keep the good juju in the park going. No let down from the Ace, that beautiful lefty from North Carolina who is STILL younger than a lot of the best prospects in baseball. Buster Posey needs to find his chance and strike. New hero every night? 2 down with 16 to play! This is all out excitement, if you're not in now you don't have a pulse.
Almost like playoff baseball. Every pitch counts, play is racheted down, runs count more than ever. Gotta keep Puig cold and Donnie Baseball hot. The Giants have a couple of big advantages in Bochy and their superior defense. Gotta take advantage, and not have Hanley Ramirez go on a rampage. On that note, its awesome Blanco is playing well, his defense is incredible, its much better to have Morse coming off the bench in a series like this (50-50 chance apparently).
This is what it's all about. The chance to play meaningful baseball in September. Viva Los Gigantes! I love, love, love this team. I like the personalities, I like the makeup, and who can argue with the results? You're in the golden age of Giants baseball. Enjoy the hell out of it!
Its not how you start, its how you finish!
Series Rundown Recap:
Giants have 27 series wins on the year, 17 losses, 2 splits. 6 series wins have been sweeps, 5 series losses have been sweeps
Playoff Watch: 2.0 back of the Dodgers in the NL West with 19 to play; Giants in the lead for the first wild card. Pittsburgh 2nd WC, 4 back of Gigantes, followed by Brew-Crew 5.5 and Bravos 6.0.
16 to play, magic numbers start coming out soon.
Giants won their 81st game, they keep playing like this they have a good shot at 90 wins. We'll see where they end up, but this is a veteran, dangerous team that nobody wants to play in the playoffs.