Monday, May 10, 2010

Giants/Padres Series Preview

Hello Giants fans,

I would say this is the biggest series of the year so far.

Are the Padres for real? This question will begin to be answered this week. The Giants are 6-3 in May and are coming off a strong 4-2 road trip on the east coast where they swept a good marlins team and lost 2 of 3 from the Mets who seem to be the luckiest team in baseball. The Giants showed a lot of heart in the series fighting and clawing to tie games only to have the games slip through their grasp.

The Padres come into this game 4-4 in the month of May having taken 2 of 3 from the Astros in Houston. The currently sit at 19 and 12 which puts them one win head and a half game up on the Giants.

Game 1: Barry Zito (5-0 1.49 ERA) vs Wade LeBlance (2-0 1.16 ERA)
Barry seems to have found a good rhythm but Giants fans are waiting for the bad Barry to show up, I do not see this on this game, if the giants score early game 1 goes to the G-men.

Game 2: Matt Cain (2-1 2.79 ERA) vs Clayton Richard (1-2 3.34 ERA)

Matt Cain has been lights out his last two starts being able to locate anything he wants to throw anywhere he wants to throw it. If Cain has the ability to put away batters after two strikes and can keep hitters from fowling off so many pitches he should excel. The Giants need to score and score early, no reason why the Giants should not take game two.

Game 3: Jonathan Sanchez (2-2 3.00 ERA) vs Mat Latos (2-3 4.19 ERA)

Not to sound like a homer but if Sanchez does not kill himself with the walk and the hit batsmen Giants should take game three, and the sweep. If I am not mistaken didn't Sanchez the last time he faced them at home did he not no-hit them? And in his last outing against them on;y give up one hit? I think that he has the Padres number.

Keys to the series:

1. When facing Adrian Gonzalez the bases need to be clear. The Giants must make someone else beat them with the bat not him.

2. Score early and often.

3. The bullpen needs to be lights out and not kill loses for the starters like what happened on the road trip, just for the record The Freak should be 6-0 but that will be another post for another time.

I cant see anything less than 2 out of 3 and sweep would be clutch and hopwfully put the Giants in first place for good.

Let the Battle for West Coast Supremecy Begin

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