NLCS Series Preview: BRB Hiding

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I don’t know about you, but I’m scared of the Cardinals. After Friday night’s game where they came back and beat the Nationals? Eeeeesh.

The Giants have faced teams that seemed to overmatch them. Same can be said about a lot of other teams. It’s also just … very nerve wracking.

Madison Bumgarner’s set to start game one. Ryan Vogelsong’s on the mound for game two. Solid, decent, what more can you ask for when Matt Cain can’t be the game one starter? Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito are reportedly available out of the bullpen for games one and two.

As far as pitching goes, it seems to be pretty decent. A couple of reliever changes are possible, but I wouldn’t expect for Sergio Romo, George Kontos, Jeremy Affeldt, and Javier Lopez to be off the roster. Continue reading

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Series Preview: Giants vs. Padres

With the magic number down to three, the Giants will be trying their hardest to clinch the NL West this weekend — or at least, a playoff berth.

This weekend marks the last regular season weekend series the Giants will have at AT&T Park. They face the San Diego Padres, who have long since been eliminated from playoff contention.

Hey — at least there’s no Mat Latos to face this year. But also no Jonathan Sanchez around to hit triples off of Latos.

But the Giants have been running as strong as they can and are 10 games up on the Dodgers.

The only question left is whether or not they’ll be able to keep this up throughout the playoffs, should they make it far.

The focus this weekend, though, will be on aiming to clinch and keeping a good lead on the Dodgers.

Willie Mac Award winner Buster Posey has been making a case to be MVPosey this year, with good reason. Tonight, he’ll be honored in a ceremony and presented with the award.

Ryan Vogelsong, Madison Bumgarner, and Tim Lincecum will be starting for the Giants in this series.

The Padres have been the Good Padres as of late, which is rather similar to the Bad Padres of this past season.

You could say that the Giants have a chance to clinch this weekend. But it’s the Giants and anything is possible. Would be great to see the clinch happen as soon as possible, but they just need to keep winning.

Series Preview: Giants vs. Nationals

It doesn’t seem that it was long ago when the Nationals were known for being the Natinals thanking you for your patients, but they’ve certainly come a long way since those days.

Currently, they’re the best team in baseball — who’da thunk that when the season began? They’re currently leading the NL East by 4.5 games.

Not too shabby for a team that was always in the bottom of the NL East for the past few years. Continue reading

Series Preview: Giants vs. Rockies

So, the last time the Giants faced the Rockies, it was in Colorado. And a boatload of runs were scored by the Giants. It could’ve been a combination of it being Coors and the Rockies being horrible this season, but who knows? And no Giants fan would be complaining, I would think.

Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Barry Zito will be starting in this series. They will not face Jonathan Sanchez, who is on the disabled list for suckitis left bicep tendinitis. Man, that brings back memories of 2011.

The last homestand was awful, but their road trip was not: they went 5-2 and managed to collect 84 hits and score 57 runs. I did not even know it was possible for the Giants to do that, but there you have it. Whether or not they manage to do the same thing at home remains the question.

I’ve heard that it’s possible Pablo Sandoval will be activated from the disabled list this Sunday, with his rehab in San Jose starting tonight. So, all shall see what happens there.

Oh, and it’s #PerfectCain tribute night. Because everyone needs more Matt Cain in their lives.

That was totally serious. Matt Cain should rule all and everything.

Series Preview: Giants vs. Mets

In town for a four game series is the New York Mets.

Here are the pitching probables:

  • 7/30 at 7:15 p.m.: Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.40) vs. Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.10)
  • 7/31 at 7:15 p.m.: Matt Harvey (1-0. 0.00) vs. Tim Lincecum (4-11, 5.80)
  • 8/1 at 7:15 p.m.: Jon Niese (7-5 3.86) vs. Matt Cain (10-3, 2.80)
  • 8/2 at 12:45 p.m.: Chris Young (2-5, 4.58) vs. Barry Zito (8-7, 3.89)

The Giants won’t be facing R.A Dickey, who pitched on Sunday and is scheduled to start again on Friday in San Diego. They won’t be facing Johan Santana, either, who was recently placed on the disabled list. Dillon Gee was also placed on the disabled list this past month.

They will, however, face top prospect Matt Harvey, who was recently called up to take one of the open spots in the rotation. He will be opposed by Tim Lincecum, who is coming off a not-so-stellar start against the Padres last Wednesday. Whether he will be a moldy pumpkin or an ace is still the question.

The trade deadline is also approaching, with the deadline being July 31 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific. The Giants have been linked to Hunter Pence in what may or may not be real reports, though Andrew Baggarly tweeted the following after the original news broke:

So. We’ll see.

In the meantime: play ball.

Series Preview: Padres @ Giants

So the Giants come home to face the scary* San Diego Padres in a three game set.

What’s there for a Giants fan to look forward to?

Well, a lot of things. For starters, while the Padres have gotten off to a hot start following the All-Star Break, they are 41-56 on the season. But they are 7-3 in their last ten games. Y’know, like the Giants.

Ryan Vogelsong faces Clayton Richard, Madison Bumgarner faces Edinson Volquez, and Tim Lincecum faces Jason Marquis.

And then there’s this:

And tonight’s lineup**!

Welp. It was nice knowing you, Belt.

*not scary for the most part
**LOLineup to be accurate

Series Preview: Giants Face Nationals on Holiday

The Giants are going to do their best to soar up above the National League standings by beating the Washington Nationals and gaining some ground on the Dodgers.

Like an eagle trying to survive, the Giants are doing just that: staying up in the standings until the All-Star break.

They’ll do it this week with Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Cain on the mound.

And some weird personal catcher situations going on, but that’s just a headache to talk about (even though Captain America Buster Posey should really be sitting on the bench instead of playing first base for an “offday”).

But yes. Wins for the Giants for a place to be in the top, like the purple mountain majesty (but not the Rockies).

Series Preview: Giants Look To Face Evil In The Eyes

BEAT LA (Photo: Jill Clardy/Flickr)

BEAT LA.

That’s it — that’s the one thing the Giants need to do right now.

It will be tough, yes, but sweet merciful Snow, the Giants need to get some wins out of this series to gain some ground in the standings.

And also because it’s the Dodgers and no one wants to see the Giants lose to the Dodgers.

Tonight’s lineup:

May Marichal save us all.

Series Preview: Giants Travel To San Diego To Face Menacing–

Nope. I can’t even write that with a straight face.

The Padres are 18-37 on the season.

Alex Hinshaw, found from Iowa, is on the 25-man roster.

Yeah, I got nothing else. It’s hard to take the Padres seriously this season considering how terrible it’s been for them.

That being said, I feel that the Giants will end up losing the series because that’s just how the narrative works.