Monday, September 05, 2011

One down, 21 to go

I've asserted that the Giants need to go 22-0 or close to it and win pretty much every game from here on out to get to the postseason. They had a good start today by buttkicking the Padres, 7-2.

What was most interesting to me was how badly Bruce Bochy wanted to win this game ... by attempting to have Madison Bumgarner throw a complete game. He made it into the 9th with a 7-1 lead, then gave up a homer to Nick Hundley on his 121st pitch. Santiago Casilla got the last two outs.

Now, the wisest course long term, of course, is to shut down your starters at this point when you're no longer trying to get to the postseason. Chris Quick at Bay City Ball believes that's what the Giants should do. I'm not sure I agree.

I do completely agree with MC Connor at Raising (Matt) Cain --

If the Giants aren't going to finish in first place then I want second place, goddammit. No late season death spirals that drop the team into mediocrity, thank you very much. It's a small thing, I know, but I'd like to see the lads finish strong, proudly displaying their World Series Champion shoulder patches for another few weeks. No shame in coming up short, especially with all the injuries and assorted bad things that have beset the 2011 club.

MC points out that Bumgarner's WAR is at 4.7, according to Fangraphs is 6th among NL pitchers. Matt is 5th and Tim is 8th. As I keep saying, with that kind of pitching, anything is possible even in these dire straits.

On the other hand, Brett Pill is finally going to start for the Orange and Black, if Andrew Baggarly is to be believed --

Andrew Baggarly
Brett Pill to Make big league debut tomorrow. "Don't stay out too late," Bochy said



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