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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Giants Stay Hot, Sweep LA

The Giants went into LA a half game back of the Dodgers in the West but they'll be heading back home with a firm 2.5 game lead after sweeping their SoCal rivals.

First of all, I know there's still 6 weeks left in the season, but the Giants need to seriously be considering keeping Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro around beyond this season! The Giants 1-2 hitters again got the train rolling Wednesday night, as both singled to start the game and both ended up scoring in the first inning to again help the Giants set the tone. Angel wound up going 2-4 with a walk and three runs scored, and Scutaro had another multi-hit game and scored a pair. Each had 2 hits in every game of the series. Number 16 didn't just do it with the bat in LA either. The play he made Tuesday night to gun down A.J. Ellis at the plate was, in my mind, the play of the series for the Giants. If he doesn't come up with that throw, the Dodgers are sitting pretty with Lincecum on the ropes in a close ball game. That kept momentum on the Giants' side that they carried into game three. Then on Wednesday, the Giants got another huge defensive play by Joaquin Arias, taking a hit away from Shane Victorino early on and helping the Giants keep the Dodgers off the board.

The more Arias has been playing lately, the more he's starting to grow on me, and that was evident Wednesday when the utility man went 3-4 and drove in 5 RBI. He helped pick up the slack for a lineup that was minus Buster Posey, and provided further testament to how well San Francisco is playing right now! It seems like everyone they're putting out there is contributing in some way and this type of play was what helped carry them at the end of 2010. And if your going to bet on these Giants down the stretch, and hopefully into the playoffs, check out the MLB betting at Top Bet.

Now, as good as the Giants looked in their set with LA, they still have a couple of issues that they have to decide on as we close in on the waiver deadline. Gregor Blanco has done an adequate job in place of Melky Cabrera since he's taken over in left field, but Blanco is still much better served as the 4th outfielder for this team. Also, Justin Christian may be one of the worst hitters in the major leagues right now and isn't helping the offense whatsoever when he's put out there vs. the lefties. Defensively, both guys are brilliant, but without Hunter Pence really cooking, the Giants need all the offense they can get. A few names that have been mentioned in connection with San Francisco lately has been Jeff Franceuor and our old friend Cody Ross. Now Franceour has a much better chance at clearing waivers, but Ross would obviously be the first choice out of those two, not only for his great play in 2010, but also the tremendous job he's done with Boston this season. And then there's also the closing spot, which we still haven't seen anyone really grab hold of and claim yet. I don't mind the closer-by-committee deal right now, but down the stretch, these guys need defined roles. If Casilla keeps throwing like he did Wednesday, he should get the job back.

Mike Krukow summed up this series in a few words Wednesday night, saying "The Giants simply outplayed the Dodgers" during this three game set, and it wasn't even close. The starting pitching was on point, the defense picked up the slack and the offense hit with runners in scoring position like their season depended on it. They're playing confidently and with a sense of urgency and I can't wait till LA comes back to town in a couple of weeks.
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9 Comments:

  • At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I got the Giants fever. I just hope that Panda and Buster Posey are OK for the next series. What is it with the Giants players tweaking their hamstrings all the time???

     
  • At 11:48 PM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    Trevor, Santiago Casilla seems to be throwing all of his pitches effectively again, but he has a problem with blisters, so maybe he should be restricted to one inning closes only. He is not as good when he cannot throw his change up and spike curve ball because of his grip on the ball. Agree that Blanco is another of those type of players who is better the less you see of him (bench guy) and Christian made a great catch tonight, but he is totally lost at the plate, the Giants desperately need a left fielder who can hit, even if it is a Francouer, they can sub Blanco late in the game as a defensive switch.

     
  • At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Giants Fan in LA said…

    When you lose a star player it either makes or breaks the team. It looks like losing Melky has fired the Giants up. I really don't think they should mess with their roster anymore with trades.

     
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    2.5 games is quite a number and I hope that they can keep it up for the rest of the season.

     
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