In the Giants’ last ten games, they are 8-2 and have won those eight games consecutively. The streak began with a game that prevented them from being swept at the hands of the Dodgers at home. It continued with a three game sweep of the Padres at home, then a four game sweep of the Rockies in Colorado.
How the Giants have managed to turn things around after a disastrous August is a surprise. They’ve gone from being a team that can barely get runs across to being a team that scores more than five runs in a game on a regular basis. Well, semi-regular. Though, you can just attribute that to being the Coors Field factor.
Now, the Giants look to continue this winning streak in the oft disliked Dodger Stadium.
In the first of a three game series, aces take the mound. Tim Lincecum (13-12, 2.59) goes for the Giants, while the Dodgers have their Cy Young candidate lefty Clayton Kershaw (19-5, 2.30). It’s sure to be a pitcher’s duel, and one that can make or break the Giants’ new found playoff hopes.
The second game has Ryan Vogelsong (11-7, 2.68) facing journeyman Dana Eveland (2-1, 2.25). Most fans may know Eveland as “that guy who came out of nowhere to shut the Giants offense down, gosh darn it.” If the Giants offense can keep up their rapid, run scoring pace, their last game against Eveland could just be a distant memory.
Madison Bumgarner (12-12, 3.21) pitches in the final game. He faces Hiroki Kuroda (12-16, 3.19).
With only nine games left to play in the season, players like Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt have to give it their all to support their starters and make a push for the best. Playoffs might be too much for a injury dilapidated team, but they can sure try their best to get there.