Wrote this before series started. Put it on another blog. I like it better over here.
I have been going back and forth over what key stat to look at in this Giants – Tigers matchup. And it seems to me when I look at any category the Giants hold an edge. I’d like to think I am so pro Giants just because I am a fan. But I believe that not only stats, but the eye test tells me this as well. Talent matters, for a whole lot. It’s why the Giants will probably lose at least one if not both of Verlander’s starts. But team matters as well.
I’m not just talking about the heart and emotion stuff. I’m talking about a baseball team that plays like a machine. That’s what they have done the last 3 days. It’s what they did for another 3 days in Cincinnati as well. They don’t seem to play as individuals. It’s like different pieces of a puzzle that come together. They just fit. And they know how to get it done. The lineup that the Tigers are putting out there is not much different than the 2010 Rangers. Except they strike out more. They have a big left handed bat in the lineup Prince Fielder (Josh Hamilton) , and 2 threatening right handed batters in Cabrera and Garcia (Vlad, Cruz).
The Giants rotation is doin work again. Vogey has it going best right now. Zito has confidence, but be honest. We have no idea which Barry Zito will show up. Will he walk 3 in the first inning and fall behind 2-0. Or will he be able to throw strikes and have the Tigers off balance. We really don’t know. Hopeful is the word to describe MadBum’s Game 2 start. He says he has fixed whatever mechanical flaw he had. Did he hit the wall? Or can he feed off the other starters and throw a good game. I haven’t even gotten to Timmy. He’s a weapon the Giants didn’t have in 2010. He can step in and seems to thrive in this middle relief role. He seems to have embraced it, and that can’t be discounted. Cain seems like he’s been a little amped up during his starts. It’s not a huge concern, I mean come on, he’s Matt Cain.