Monday, August 16, 2010

They Could Be Giants - Burrell and Posey bring offense to Philly

San Francisco Giants Buster Posey (R) hits a run scoring double as Chicago Cubs' catcher Geovany Soto looks on during the fifth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
 

San Francisco Giants Buster Posey (R) hits a run scoring double as Chicago Cubs' catcher Geovany Soto looks on during the fifth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)






 One of the teams that was expected to do better over the last couple years has to be the San Francisco Giants. Is this the year that the Giants make it to the playoffs? They've been bubbling under out in the NL West for a couple years and this year's Giants team looks like it has what it takes to make a run at the playoffs and possibly take the Giants further into the postseason.



  Lincecum won't face the Phillies on this stop, watch him plunk Kemp from the Dodgers here

  Starting with the ace on the pitching staff, Tim Lincecum , and the fairly new 'superstar to be' catcher, Buster Posey. This team has been carefully handcrafted to include former Phillies star left fielder, Pat Burrell and his good buddy, Aaron Rowand. Burrell has been on fire since joining the Giants, he's making the Tampa Bay Rays team look silly for dropping him earlier in the year. Burrell needed playing time, he's not the 'old DH' just yet. His explosive offensive might has been fueling the Giants for weeks now, and the results are starting to look positive for the Giants.

 The offensive power doesn't stop with the former Phillies that are Giants, throw in Aubrey Huff, Pablo Sandoval, and Juan Uribe, and you've got a well rounded team that has done well already this season.
Look what the Giants have done since July 21st 2010 here:


Rk Gm# Date   Opp R RA W-L Rank GB Win Loss
95 95 Wednesday, Jul 21 @ LAD L 0 2 52-43 2 4.0 Billingsley Zito
96 96 Thursday, Jul 22 @ ARI W 3 0 53-43 2 3.0 Cain Lopez
97 97 Friday, Jul 23 @ ARI W 7 4 54-43 2 3.0 Ray Jackson
98 98 Saturday, Jul 24 @ ARI W 10 4 55-43 2 3.0 Bumgarner Kennedy
99 99 Sunday, Jul 25 @ ARI W 3 2 56-43 2 3.0 Romo Vasquez
100 100 Monday, Jul 26 FLA L 3 4 56-44 2 3.5 Nolasco Zito
Rk Gm# Date   Opp R RA W-L Rank GB Win Loss
101 101 Tuesday, Jul 27 FLA W 6 4 57-44 2 2.5 Romo Sanches
102 102 Wednesday, Jul 28 FLA W 10 9 58-44 2 2.5 Ray Hensley
103 103 Thursday, Jul 29 FLA L 0 5 58-45 2 3.5 Sanchez Bumgarner
104 104 Friday, Jul 30 LAD W 6 5 59-45 2 2.5 Lincecum Monasterios
105 105 Saturday, Jul 31 LAD W 2 1 60-45 2 1.5 Mota Broxton
106 106 Sunday, Aug 1 LAD W 2 0 61-45 2 1.5 Cain Kershaw
107 107 Tuesday, Aug 3 @ COL W 10 0 62-45 2 1.0 Sanchez Cook
108 108 Wednesday, Aug 4 @ COL L 1 6 62-46 2 1.0 Jimenez Bumgarner
109 109 Thursday, Aug 5 @ ATL L 2 3 62-47 2 2.0 Jurrjens Lincecum
110 110 Friday, Aug 6 @ ATL W 3 2 63-47 2 1.0 Lopez Moylan
111 111 Saturday, Aug 7 @ ATL L 0 3 63-48 2 1.0 Hudson Cain
112 112 Sunday, Aug 8 @ ATL L 3 6 63-49 2 2.0 Lowe Sanchez
113 113 Monday, Aug 9 CHC W 4 3 64-49 2 1.5 Ray Mateo
114 114 Tuesday, Aug 10 CHC L 6 8 64-50 2 2.5 Dempster Lincecum
115 115 Wednesday, Aug 11 CHC W 5 4 65-50 2 2.5 Romo Berg
116 116 Thursday, Aug 12 CHC W 8 7 66-50 2 2.5 Wilson Cashner
117 117 Friday, Aug 13 SDP L 2 3 66-51 2 3.5 Richard Sanchez
118 118 Saturday, Aug 14 SDP W 3 2 67-51 2 2.5 Casilla Stauffer
119 119 Sunday, Aug 15 SDP L 2 8 67-52 2 3.5 LeBlanc Lincecum
Rk Gm# Date   Opp
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/16/2010.

 The Phillies will face resurgent pitcher, Barry Zito for the Giants in game 1 of the series that kicks off at 7:05 pm in the East, and 4:05 pm in the afternoon on the West coast. Zito has been up and down for the Giants, posting an 8-6 record so far, a far cry from his 17 losses posted in 2008 with the Giants that came in the second year of a big money contract he signed with the Giants. In fact, this is the first year that Zito may come out with a winning record for the Giants since he signed the multi-year deal with them in 2007. The Giants will pay him $18.5M this season, and he has a 39-49 record for the Giants since he came to the team.



Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt delivers to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt delivers to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)



 Roy Oswalt has got to start feeling good at home, he won his first game as a Phillie just last week, and he'll look to make it 2 wins on Tuesday evening. Oswalt is where 'he' wants to be. This is the reason he came to the Phillies, to help them get into the playoffs and beyond.

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