Series Preview: #Padres (72-78) vs. #SFGiants (87-63)
I have been a little surprised by the low number of Giants fans doing Hanley’s “I See You” monocle-style to tell the Dodgers what their elimination number is (3). You may be surprised to learn that the Diamondbacks are still mathematically in it, with their E# being the loneliest number. Now the Giants look to eliminate two opponents in one series as Bud Black brings the 2010 West runner-ups to AT&T in what has the chance to be a very happy series for supporters of the Giants. For those that follow me on the tweeter, you know I’ll be at Saturday’s game hoping for a big celebration.
Friday, September 21st: RHP Chris Kelly vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong
One sentence summary: Kelly’s a top prospect finding his way around the system, while Vogelsong has struggled to go more than 3.1 IP in 4 of his last 7 starts.
Saturday, September 22nd: LHP Andrew Werner vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner
One sentence summary: While Wener has gone at least 5.0 IP in each of his five starts, he did allow 2 HR to the Rox last time out; MadBum could be going for the clinch while surpassing 200 IP for the year if he pitches at least 1.2 innings.
Sunday, September 23rd: Some Padre Pitcher vs. RHP Tim Lincecum
One sentence summary: Timmy has at least 6 IP and 6 K’s in each of his last four starts, which is very encouraging considering the first half struggles.
California Bats: Hot and Not
This is going to be quick because I’m out of time — Who’s hot in the past week for the team from San Diego: Andy Parrino, Jesus Guzman, Yonder Alonso, Chase Headley. Who’s not: Chris Denorfia, Will Venable.
As for the Gigantes who’s hot in the past week: Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan. Who’s not: Brandon Belt, Joaquin Arias. Notice that those “hot” names are all at the top of the order, which pretty much guarantees runs for your favorite team.
The Weekend They Clinch: Series Prediction
While it may be a little risky to say the Giants will clinch, no one would be surprised if they did it this weekend.
Friday: Padres win
Saturday: Giants win
Sunday: Giants win and clinch