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…. Game One

I have written –several times– that the Giants are shooting themselves in the cheap uk viagra foot by keeping Melky off the roster. Fine, they've gotten this far, I guess I'll give it a rest.

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The Tigers aren't as good as the looked in demolishing a dying Yankee team that had about three quaters of it's roster playing like they were 100 years old. Their pitchers aren't unhittable every game. Miguel Cabrera is a terrific hitter, but he doesn't hit a home run every at bat. I wish Bochy would move Cain to Game

Three, but who knows, maybe it won't matter.

If Lincecum can channel Bob Gibson again, and Zito can channel Greg Maddux once more, well, as they say, anything can happen.

I'm glad we're here, but I want it all. Is that so bad?

UPDATE: Holy Shit!!! Pablo three times, Zito unreal. 1-0 Giants. Unbelievable game.

Last four games, 28-4 in favor of the Giants. They haven't trailed in any inning.


…. Giants win the pennant!

For the third time since I started OBM, I get to write those words. The Giants completed their second miracle comeback, winning the last three games of the NLCS to overtake the defending champs, after tonight’s improbable 9-0 wipeout. After falling behind three games to one, they outscored the Cardinals 20-1 to win the NL crown.

After going the distance in both of their series so far, early reports have them sending Barry Zito against baseball’s best pitcher, Justin Verlander in Game one. Who cares? Is there any doubt the baseball gods are smiling on them?

After seeing the super slow motion replay of Hunter Pence’s bat hitting the baseball not once, not twice, but three times on the critical three-run double in the third inning, can anyone doubt the provenance?

By the by, Sports Illustrated actually figured out that, even though no one could see it live, the extra bat contact is allowable under major league rules:


Rule 6.05 (h) states that a batter is ruled out and the play is ruled dead with no advancement by the runners when the batters hits a ball a second time in fair territory. But the rule does include a comment where can i buy furosemide online specifically to address the circumstance of a broken bat causing a double hit. It states, “if a bat breaks and part of it is in fair territory and is hit by a batted ball or part of it hits a runner or fielder, play shall continue and no interference called.”

Congratulations to the entire Giants organization, to Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean, Dave Righetti and the rest of the staff, to NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro, and to the San FRancisco Giants. See you Wednesday.

…. Seventh Heaven

The SF Giants once again stave off elimination, beating the Cardinals 6-1 behind the game of Ryan Vogelsong's life, two days after the game of Barry Zito's life. Matt Cain has already had the game of his life earlier this season, when he threw a perfect game. He doesn't need to have the game of his life, just

a solid six innings, 1 run allowed or something like that.

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…. Matt Cain faces Kyle Lohse in a rematch of the Cardinals' Game 3 win. It will be the first Game 7 played in San Francisco since the 1962 World Series.

The winner goes to the Serious.

Right now, Posey is encased in

ice, Pablo Sandoval is swinging a hot bat, and the Giants have stifled the Cards offense for two straight games.

UPDATE: Still batting in the bottom of the third, the Giants leading 7-0. I'm not gonna look it up, but I bet they haven't been up 7-0 at any time all season. Anybody?

UPDATE: 8-0, top eighth, two on, one out.

UPDATE: Giants win!!!


…. Disaster

Lincecum completely flailed. Unable to throw strikes, even to the pitcher, he put the team in another do or die hole, once again needing to win three in a row to advance. If the Giants fail to complete their miracle, the World Series will feature two 88 win teams, two teams that finished with the 11th and 12th best records in baseball.

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Pretty disappointing game today.

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…. Even Steven

The Giants head to St. Louis at 1-1, with each team sending their ace out for Tuesday afternoon. Cain has

been fairly mortal so far this postseason, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he shuts them down long enough for our offense to get moving. Since Bumgarner allowed that two-run home run to Beltran, the Cards have been completely off-balance, scoring one run in their last 14 innings.

The Giants offense (you know, the one I said was the best in the NL) has come to life, and I expect the hitting conditions in the Cards park to help

keep them pounding. One note, for all the hype he’s been getting, Posey has 2 home runs and 5 RBI, which means he’s only driven in a run in two at bats. Not that the grand slam wasn’t a big deal, but he’s in bit of a mini-slump. Three wins to get to the Serious.

…. History

The SF Giants just became the first team in baseball history to come back and win a best of five postseason series after

losing the first two games at home in the abbreviated 2-3 format. They are also the first NL team to come back from any 0-2 deficit in a best of five series. Buster Posey hit one of the most massive and dramatic grand slams in SF Giants history, and the team had to survive the tying run at the plate in all of the last four innings.

The team moves on to the NLCS, and if the Cardinals somehow advance, the Giants would be

the home team.

UPDATE: Again, this is not

smart. Not saying you start him, but leaving one of the best hitters in the game off your NLCS roster, and having, say, Aubrey Huff, on it is shooting yourself in the foot for no good reason ridiculous. Have him as a pinch hitter, whatever. He’s the second best hitter on the team. How many chances do you think you’re gonna get for a ring? Cabrera makes them better, and all the posturing and anti-PED bullshit is pointless, misguided, and in this situation, hypocritical.

Cabrera makes them better.

…. Miracle?

In one hour, the SF Giants will

attempt the impossible; they will try to come back from an 0-2 deficit by winning three games in a row on the road. Can they pull it off? What seemed impossible just three days ago now seems likely. I say seems, because nothing is as it seems in this years playoffs. So the fact that the Giants have their ace starting today may seem like a huge advantage, but it’s just as likely the team’s engage in a slugfest, with an 8-4 final score or something like that.

I love our chances, really, but who the hell knows how it’s gonna play out? All I know is we have the best starting pitcher on our team right now going for us. If you’d told me we’d have a Game Five with Cain going after that 9-0 humiliation, I mean come on. We’re already talking best case scenario.

UPDATE: Again, Crawford has played his way onto the bench, something that Bochy apparently cannot see. He has now gone hitless so far in the postseason, he just made an obvious error in the first inning (generously scored a hit, but come on), and with Arias absolutely scorching the ball, it would seem clear that he must be given the seat, but no.

And don’t give me that Crawford’s a great glove bullshit. He’s made as many errors

(second most in the NL with 18 this season, 25 in 204 career games) as any shortstop in baseball. He’s a serviceable glove, and an awful hitter.

UPDATE: No sooner do I write about how bad he’s been, he rips a triple and drives in the first run of the game.

UPDATE: Wow. What an inning. What a massive, MASSIVE grand slam by Posey. 6-0 Giants. Oh, and how in the hell does Baker let Latos pitch to Posey there? Really questionable decision, or lack thereof.

UPDATE: Same indecision by Bochy, needlessly trying to get more out of Cain. Now it’s 6-3 and the Reds are completely back in it. It’s time for Cain to sit down. What is he waiting for? This is a huge fail by Bochy. Shouldn’t have let him hit last inning, shouldn’t have been allowed to face Ludwick, should’ve been taken out immediately after the home run, nobody up and ready…. What the hell happened to the guy who managed yesterday’s game?

I can’t believe my eyes right here. I can’t believe the Reds are batting with the tying run at the plate, and Cain is still in the game.

UPDATE: This is a mistake. Bochy should be treating this situation like the ninth. Romo is the guy for Ludwick here.

UPDATE: Man, what a game. Three straight innings with the tying run at the plate. It’s Romo’s game now, right? Unbelievable. You knew the Reds weren’t gonna roll over, but wow, what a battle.

UPDATE: Four straight innings with the tying run at the plate? Man.

…. Lousy play

The SF Giants offense, coming into the series against the Reds, was clearly one of the top two or three offenses in the NL, scoring an average of 5 runs per game during the second half of the season, and over 5 runs per game on the road all season

long; featuring a lineup boasting the National League’s best hitter and likely MVP.

In the last two games against the Reds, the team has managed 1 hit during the first seven innings of both games, largely laying to waste any illusions Brian Sabean might have about next season.

Not changing the lineup, not replacing Crawford with Arias, not dropping Sandoval to fifth and getting Posey up third…. Does Bochy realize they are in a do or die?

UPDATE: Well, it’s the eighth, Arias is finally in, but really, I think Bochy really dropped the ball here. If today wasn’t the day to make some changes and shake up the team, I don’t know when you would. He needed to do something. This was not the time for “staying with what got you here.”

As of right now, we’re looking at a 17 inning stretch in which the Giants have had a total of 3 hits.

UPDATE: Wow. We got lucky. Maybe that’s all we need. Sure hope so.

…. Finish line

Wow. What a final day of baseball.

The Oakland A’s completed an unprecedented sweep of the Rangers to storm to the AL West division title<

/a>, thus avoiding the terrifying one game playoff for the two wild card teams:

…. Down 5-1 early and looking like they were in trouble, the A’s fought back to tie the game in the fourth on a double by Coco Crisp and took the lead on Josh Hamilton’s error that same inning. They then held on through reliever after reliever to beat the powerful Texas Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday at the Coliseum.

“It’s kind of like the story of our whole season,” reliever Sean Doolittle said. “At the end of June, we were 13 games back, we had injuries, young guys stepping up, and we were never out of it. It wasn’t if we were going to do it. It was how or when we were going to do it.”

That makes the A’s – yes, 13 games out on June 30 – your

American League West winners in 2012. Oakland is just the third team in big-league history to win a division or a pennant and spend exactly one day in sole possession of first place, joining the 2006 Twins and the 1951 New York Giants.

The Yankees magic number is one, and they are pounding the Red Sox 7-1 in the sixth inning. Should they hold on, they would have the best record in the AL, and would host the wild card winner, which would be either the Orioles or the Rangers.

Miguel Cabrera has become the first Triple Crown winner since 1967, leading the AL in home runs, batting average and RBI.

Buster Posey has won the NL batting title, (albeit due to Melky’s humble decision to remove himself from consideration), finishing with an MVP-worthy .336/.408/.549 .957 OPS. Posey is the front-runner for the NL MVP, comeback player of the year, and the Silver Slugger award for best hitting catcher.

Oh, and Dusty Baker is coming home for the NL Division series, bringing his terrific Cincinnati Reds club to PacBell this weekend. All in all, I’d say the double wild card team experiment is an absolutely terrific idea. This decision, Selig nailed it.

…. We don’t need no stinking noses

I don’t see this move as making

much sense:

…. Manager Bruce Bochy said Cabrera would not be added to the postseason rost

er. The suspended outfielder was eligible to rejoin the club after the fifth postseason game if the Giants get that far.

“We’ve moved on and so we’re going to move forward without Melky,” Bochy said. “Melky understands.”

What?! How is Mota welcomed back after failing not one, but two drug tests, while Melky is being banished from the team? Melky is the better player, and the league has a simple and well-run system for dealing with players who fail drug tests. If they really didn’t consult with him at all, I’d say he’s got a real good chance to file a successful grievance. The Giants have already accepted Mota back into the fold two times. They have no grounds to suggest that Melky is any different from Mota, just another player who failed a drug test and paid his punishment.

Not to mention, this not only seems excessive; but it is certainly detrimental to the team’s chances at a title. Cabrera absolutely makes them a better team, regardless of all the bullshit hurt feelings. He was a legitimate MVP candidate at the moment he failed that test. Now, they’re telling the guy who was their first half MVP, the All Star game MVP…. really, the best hitter in the NL that they don’t care for his services?!

This is the classic example of biting your nose off to spite your face.

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