…. Holding on

For dear life, apparently. ;-)

The Phillies have 91 wins, and there are five teams right around 86 wins fighting for the other four slots in the NL post-season tournament.

The Giants’ pitching staff has been engulfed in flames, posting an astounding 1.57 ERA this month, allowing essentially half as many runs as the second best team (Milwaukee!?) has. In eighteen games, they’ve posted 4 shutouts, allowed only 31 runs in 161 innings pitched, and are allowing batters to post a combined –and unbelievable– .171/228/.261 .489 OPS line. Essentially, the entire pitching staff is pitching like Ubaldo Jimenez did for the first two months of the season.

What does it all mean?

I think it means that if they can make the playoffs, they would have as good a chance as anybody to get to the Serious. Whatever edge the Phillies may have on offense, a staff that is this unhittable makes anything possible. And, if Torres could come back and give them a boost at the top of the lineup…..

UPDATE: Thanks to the umpire for giving Marmol all the help he possibly could.

I was wrong. As great as the pitching has been, the offense has been simply atrocious. Man on second with none out in each of the first two innings tonight, and astoundingly, the Giants fail to plate even one of the runners. In the month of September, the Giants have now scored 58 runs in 19 games, barely more than three runs per, so, even though the pitching staff has been otherworldly, the team is still just 12-7 in the month.

To be shut out again, to another nobody pitcher, on another nobody team, is just infuriating.

The Giants last eight losses are simply staggering. They’ve lost 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 1-0, 1-0, 3-1, 4-2, and 2-1. That is eight losses, allowing a total of 18 runs, or 2.25 runs per game. Allowing 2.25 runs per game. With all due respect to the players on the Giants, that is embarrassing. It takes effort and commitment to fail at that level.

During the month of September, the Giants have pitched so well, you could say that they realistically could have won every game. EVERY. GAME.

Oh well.

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