With the upcoming series between the Giants and Dodgers about to get underway in about two hours, i cant help but think of the line; “the nail in the coffin”. Fans of the classic video game NBA Jams will know what i mean; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LU4bFFde3k.
If the giants can deliver another sweep to the “smurfs” or even win two out of three it will be more then a death sentence to the Dodgers and they’re big spending ego. The fact that the Dodgers went and acquired big name players in Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford (though out for the season), Hanley Ramirez, Joe Blanton (not so big name) and Shane Victorino, it only adds to insult that they are stumbling at the finish line. I struggle to remember another team trying so hard to win in one year and taking on so much payroll. It doesn’t hurt to mention that losing Chad Billingsly to season-ending Tommy John surgery is a big blow. He was having a fine season and was technically their #2 arm.
After this series, the Giants really are in the clear. They’re remaining games are all against divisional opponents and the last two weeks of September include a 10 game homestand. After that, its just a 3 game with San Diego and a 3 at Chavez Ravine.
Though the Giants pitching has struggled as of late, we know this is the bread and butter of this team and it would be a shock if they didn’t bounce back and finish the season strong. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that The Freak is back in line since the All-Star break; 5-4, 60.2 innings 58 k’s, 3.26 era and 1.27 whip. We expect better of Timmy but those are still above average numbers.
You see, for all true Giant fans or baseball fans for that matter there was never really a true threat accompanying the acquisitions made by the Dodgers. Good pitching always beats good hitting and just like in 2010, the Giants’ big arms will show up again.
About the Author
Written by Drew Madden
Sports Fanatic/Fantasy Guru Love to talk sports and play as well. California born and raised. Active lifestyle and always ready for a challenge!