Hard not to like this fun loving A's team--kinda like the Giants of 2010. So its really great that Both Bay Area teams made the playoffs--until the 15th time someone suggests another earthquake if there is a Bay Bridge World Series. But I hoped for an all Bay Area, or all orange and black (vs. Orioles) World Series.
In 2010 I was pimping the underdog Giants chances to win it all to my scoffing East Coast friends. This year they have a faster team, a deeper lineup and Buster Posey as MVP of the league,. With all this I didn't like their chances.
They no longer had the best starter in baseball followed by two killer starters in their own right. This year they had one very good starter and then everyone spent some time being horrid. No guarantee of a 10 strikeout game almost very night. Barry Zito went from being the best (and most overpaid) #5 starter in baseball to the Giants 2nd best starter this season. Good for Zito--but not for the team. They no longer had THE CLOSER, though committee of relievers did a nice job. And while the 2012 team has good speed and good average hitters--it isn't great enough to make up for utterly no power in most of the lineup. Firstbase-thrirdbase-left and right field COMBINED, the power positions, would be beaten by Barry Bonds home run totals in most years.
Hoping for magic the pumpkin family traveled out to Pac Bell Park for the second playoff game. Giants already down 0-1 and the A's down 0-2 in their series. Hanging around the park was nice, seats in 3rd deck weren't bad, game STUNK. Only high point was Tim Lincecum who has a crap year but still a fan favorite, came in relief and pitched great (best command of the year) but with fans now psyched the hitters couldn't get anything going against a ham and egger picther,
Oh well--they could win three straight in Cincinnati and get into the next series. But I doubt it. Good baseball season but "the music's over."
|Go down to Los Angeles to watch game #6--in Barney's Beanery.|
|Wearing Giants gear in the Hollywood Hills.|
Det 333 Runs (11th) 258 avg (4th) 71 hrs (12th) 615 k (8th) 38sb (12th)
SF 4.29 ERA (11th) 614 k (5th)
Det 4.05 ERA (7th) 634 k (2nd)
Holy Toledo batman. Which team has more power? Giants hit 12 more road home runs than the Tigers who play with a designated hitter. Giants scored significantly more runs, had a higher batting average and stole many more bases, Pitchingwise the Tigers were a little better--a difference which easily gets wiped out if Lincecum and Zito step up again. GIANTS IN 6.
Game 1-SANDOVAL GOES DEEP 3x, Zito pitches another good game, Lincecum throws solid relief when Zito runs out of gas. Shades of 2010 when Cliff Lee was supposed to be the GREATEST post season pitcher in the free world and got knocked out in game 1. Justin Verlander now had the GREATEST blah blah blah and the Giants knocked him out. Everyone expected Verlander/ Tigers to win--so this was a BIG game for them to lose. The Tigers lineup showed how thin it is, the Tigers relief corps showed how bad they are and the Tigers fielders showed how slow they are. 8-3 laugher and it wasn't even that close.
Two quick thoughts. Buck and McCarver all full of themselves--do two guys state the obvious over and over and over and over. I'd love to hear the Giants announcers & Tigers announcers--so we could get solid background on the teams. How do the Giants win with a first baseman with little power?? How do the Tigers win with a shortstop with little range?? We'll never find out from Buck & McCarver.
One of those backgrounds is that Bruce Botchy is best manager I ever saw. He was winning in San Diego when they said bye bye to him--rap on Botchy is that he never played the young guys. Years later we find out that it wasn't the young guys--jesus--Botchy stuck with Brandon Belt when he couldn't hit and Brandon Crawford when he couldn't field. So now we find out its not that Botchy doesn't play young guys, but he sticks with the players he's comfortable with and lets them work out their problems. To a point.
Game 3--just like game 2 but this time Giants scored early, Vogelsong and Timmy and Sergio held the Tigers in check (deep breath every time Fielder and Cabrera came up.) More great fielding. More stupid FOX antics like the long interview over free tacos. (What happened to the omnipresent lady from the early playoffs who kept telling us "I told Taco Bell to loooose the shell.") Otherwise key doubleplays turned by the Giants, Suddenly Tigers down 0-3 in the series.
Game 4--Seesaw battle. Giants and Tigers keep leapfrogging to 3-3. FOX in depth-in game interview of two bimbos prattling on about Fancave. Oh, lets get back to the game. Extra innings. Giants do all the little things to score extra inning run. Blockbuster Scutero bloops one for the winnings RBI as we all knew he would do. Tigers keep swinging for the fences. Sergio Romo battles Triple Crown Winner Cabrera and freezes him with a fastball after a ton of sliders are fouled off. Strike 3. Giants win. Giants World Champs. 2nd time in 3 years!! No sense of relief after 50+ years as in 2010. Just sense of "I told you so." Cincinnati, St Louis and Washington all tougher than the Paper Tigers. What was the national media watching?? When is the parade???