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THE REALISTIC GIANTS FAN: 30 Started, Just 2 left.

Sabes and Boch Earned Your Respect Yet?


Now here's where it gets interesting. I have absolutely no clue what is about to happen. This is about to be a battle of very hot hitters against the best, statistically speaking, pitching staff in the league. It is assured to be a battle. I can see this series going to all 7 games, which does give us the advantage, seeing as it would take place in our house. That being said, each team is also very capable of sweeping the other. Its going to be a lot of fun, assuredly.

The Phillies were not playing their best baseball, but make no mistake, we beat them soundly. The pitching was so amazing, pulling off maybe their best stretch of games all season. What great timing. I had predicted 5 games, but I'll take 6. No doubt it was a scary proposition to have to go back to Philly, but the boys came through just like they have all season...barely. The torture seemingly will never end, but I think I wouldn't have it any other way. Losing close ballgame after close ballgame has got to get into your opponents heads. It also wouldn't surprise me if the offense all of a sudden exploded. This a weird team, to say the least. You truly never know what you're gonna get, but most likely it will put you through a nearly intolerable amount of stress only made worth it by the exultation of an important win.

The key in this series will be our performances against Cliff Lee. If we can beat him just one time, the series swings wildly in our favor. The Rangers other pitchers, C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis, did a fine job, but it can't be expected to continue. That, mixed with the poor performance by Tommy Hunter, should swing the pitching way into our favor. Even if Ron Washington decides to start Derek Holland, which I personally think he should do seeing that Holland is a more than capable starter who has performed wonderfully out of the bullpen, the upper hand still lies with Madison Bumgarner. The way we lose this series is if their offense goes on a tear. Even with their weaker pitching we are not an offense that can slug with anyone. I also see us as having a large advantage in the bullpen. Neftali Feliz can be gotten to and didn't exactly blow the Yankees away. Our setup guys are better as well, though we need better showings from both Romo and Casilla.

With the starters I have noticed that both ESPN and the MLB Network have seemingly made Cliff Lee vs. Tim Lincecum a foregone conclusion. I, myself, wouldn't be shocked if Bochy decided to start Matt Cain instead. Cain was next up in the rotaion and Lincecum came out of the bullpen in Game 6, so it actually would be the course I'd take. However, whatever Boch decides will be fine seeing as he has been doing his best Midas impersonation all postseason. Those who knocked him -not to mention Sabean- should make sure they are nice and quiet and hopefully everyone will forget that you made a fool of yourself by calling for his job. Baseball, though, is easy to overreact to. The season is long, but many still take a football mentality into the game. Like every game is life or death. Well now maybe its clearer to them that things take a while in baseball. It's also easy to think for some fans that they would somehow make a better manager or GM. Well, you wouldn't. Simple as that. If most of these individuals had their way the Giants would have $500 million payroll and traded Jonathon Sanchez. Not to mention not gotten Pat Burrell, released Freddy Sanchez and never signed Huff. Oh yeah and signed Manny Ramirez. Sometimes in life it's okay to just be a fan. You don't need to try to make yourself look smart by letting something stupid come out of your mouth. Let those of us who know what we're talking about take care of the analysis.

That's enough out of me for now.

(feel free to comment or email me directly at realisticgiantsfan@yahoo.com. I'll be back Friday to assess how we're doing and discuss DH options.)

5 comments:

  1. you're a great writer and a great guy, cheers! WHAT A SEASON!!! It feels so much better to get this far when you are the underdog. I'm the pessimistic fan so I always expect the worst but so far things seem to work out. I do know that with this team and with any team if the score remains close we have a good shot. GO BOCHY AND SABEAN of course things can get infuriating at times but look where we are now. They helped get us here and remember that. Hopefully they have put us in a good position to be a great team for a few years to come. GO GIANTS!!!! and yes I said we and you can suck it if you don't like it. THIS IS MY TEAM AND I CALL EM WHATEVER I WANT. WE DID IT B*****S!

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  2. Where does the revenue come from? You're damn right we can say we.

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  3. I hate to say this but another al west team without a world series win and an animal gimmick...uh oh

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  4. This team is going to rock it for a good run over the next few years as long as the pitching stays healthy.

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  5. I'm a long time Giants fan. The weirdly unruly Game 1 of the WS went our way, but I still say it is quite possible for the Rangers to win it in five. I see maybe as few as three starting position players returning next season (Sanchez, Posey and Ross?) while Texas should have seven returning (maybe all eight). Texas as the more imposing batting order. But pitching is the key. After watching both Lee and Freak struggle yesterday, it's impossible to predict accurately. After all, baseball is a funny game.

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