When I look ahead at the Giants schedule, I see a bunch of lousy below .500 teams that are trying to knock teams like the Giants, Phillies, the Brewers, and the Braves out of the race. This is their time to shine, this is like their playoffs. Heck, everybody on the Astros got called up about a month ago after their management traded away everybody for prospects, they are just happy to put on a major league uniform. In my eyes, the Giants have not shown any heart the past month. They have shown flashes of brilliance say once a week, but nothing like they used to be where every game would end with a walk off base hit. My point here is that the Giants still have a chance just because of the teams they will be playing in the upcoming weeks, but they have to show some desire and sense of urgency. They have Eric Surkamp on the mound tomorrow and Big Daddy Cain for the finale on Sunday.
The Cubs will roll into San Francisco for a three game series starting Monday, and then maybe the biggest series of the year against the Diamondbacks will start on Friday. If they can stay somewhat close to the D-Backs without falling too far behind, they have a solid chance at taking this division as the year starts to come to a close. I say that being optimistic, but a few things have to happen before we can even think about the glory and torture September provided last year. First, and probably the most important, health; they can’t go much farther without the beard and Romo. The bullpen has been a little bit shaky the past couples of weeks, but with that shakiness, new guys have shined. Mota has been fantastic. He has taken over the “long man” roll perfectly when the starters were not able to make it very deep into the game. The newest Giant, Steve Edlefsen has done a great job coming into hold the game. He has a lot of potential to be a “right handed” specialist with his nasty sinker. My point this time is that these injuries have provided opportunities for new guys to step in, but we need the regulars back to make any kind of run into the playoffs. Things don’t seem right without the torture Willy provides in the ninth, it just doesn’t seem right to me. Every time someone heals up, another one bites the dust. All the key players just have to be ready for the wild, torture filled ride that September is going to bring.
By: Jake Dal Porto
MLBCenter.com San Francisco Giants Correspondent