The last meeting between the two teams in Houston did not go the way the Giants had hoped for. They had dropped the series, losing in ugly fashions.
Now, following a two game series with the Padres (where they split the series), the Giants face the Astros again. This time, it’s a four game series at home.
Many players who were injured are now healed or recovering. One very noticeable player is Carlos Beltran, whose offensive skills the Giants sorely missed during injury Armageddon. Pat Burrell is rehabbing with the San Jose Giants and went 2-for-4 last night as their designated hitter. Andres Torres is also rehabbing, but with the Fresno Grizzlies.
However, that doesn’t mean that they are now exempt from the injury problem. Jonathan Sanchez is now on the disabled list and Nate Schierholtz is playing with a hairline fracture in his right foot. That might be a bit problematic. Or just worthy of many palms to the face.
And then there’s also the fact that Orlando Cabrera suggested that he hit in the leadoff position:
Well, Cabrera let us in on a little secret after the game. Leading off wasn’t Bochy’s idea. It was his.
“That was kind of my request,” he said. “I want to be there. I want to get a lot of at-bats.”
Wait a second. It was his idea?
“A suggestion,” Cabrera said, with a lilt in his voice. “You know, I’ve gotta do what I need to do to win this division.”
That it’s possible Cabrera may be hitting leadoff again and many more times is just a frightening thought.
What the Giants will presumably do now is try their best not to lose another series to a team that has already been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. It’s August, by the way.
Probable pitchers for this series:
Thursday: Ryan Vogelsong (10-3, 2.47) vs. Henry Sosa (0-2, 6.35)
Friday: Madison Bumgarner (7-12, 3.68) vs. J.A. Happ (4-14, 6.26)
Saturday: TBA vs. Brett Meyers (3-13, 4.95)
Sunday: Matt Cain (10-9, 2.90) vs. Bud Norris (6-8, 3.73)