Lincecum pitched like a champion, the umpires continued to make life difficult, and Juan Uribe walked off, as the Giants avoided a sweep, a four game losing streak (at home, no less), and took the finale 4-2. Lincecum should've had that win, another complete game, but for a terrible call by first base umpire Gary Darling. Of course, the pitch that Eithier hit to drive in Furcal was a terrible pitch, a two-strike Fat Boy, but still, the umps screwed the Giants all weekend long, taking much of the steam out of what looked like a crucial series.
This Giants team has virtually no margin for error, and when the umps are giving outs to their opponents, and taking baserunners and outs away from them, the Giants simply cannot w
In light of the Alex Rios deal, Scott Ostler asks an interesting question:
If another team claimed Barry Zito, and the Giants had a chance to pass the roughly $80 million left on his contract to the claiming team, should they let him go?
Well….. Yes, they should. But that's the short version. Scott details a few reasons why the team should think twice.
The Giants remain one game behind the Rockies for the Wild Card lead, but the Rockies run differential continues to grow (now at +76 runs), while the Giants' has dropped considerably (from +46 to +30 in the last month); which suggests that, barring a big offensive surge by the Giants, the Rockies may be poised to run away with it.