Remember last year’s 2010 NLCS, not what we want this year
The San Francisco Giants aren’t a team filled with stars. Their payroll blossomed up to $118M from last year’s payroll of around $96M according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. The Giants have a group of players that can play the game of baseball, they have a nice mix of older and younger players and were a big surprise to a lot of people who haven’t been watching the Giants play over the last couple of years.
Lincecum wins 2 Cy Young Awards early in his career
The Giants have a decent starting pitching staff. Timothy LeRoy Lincecum is one of the Giants starters who have made an early indelible mark on the game of baseball. He burst onto the MLB scene by winning 2 Cy Young Awards in the first three years that he’s pitched (he’s currently in his 5th season). Last year he finished 10th in voting for the Cy Young and this year he is 8-8 with a 2.90 ERA. It is safe to say I don’t think he’s a candidate for the Cy Young this season.
The Phillies connection in the outfield for the Giants
The Giants have a couple of ex-Phillies on the team. Aaron Rowand left the Phillies after the 2007 season, and is in the 4th year of his $60M, 5 year deal with San Francisco. Pat Burrell must be the best bargain in baseball, he resigned with the Giants after the World Series victory for only $1M for the 2011 season.
Cody Ross was the 2010 NLCS MVP, can the Phillies contain him this year
The orange and black also have a guy on the team named Cody Ross. He was the most important cog in the Giants wheel that beat the Phillies again and again in the 2010 NLCS. It was largely the Phillies inability to deal with Cody Ross that cost them a chance to get into the World Series last year. Part that responsibility lies with Charlie Manuel. Ross was hot during the whole series, but wasn’t walked once and was given the opportunity to just keep on going out there and doing damage to the Phils in the NLCS last year. Ross was even good in Philly when he was with the Marlins, hopefully now there will be some strategy when dealing with him from the dugout. We’ll have to see in this series.
The best series of the season in my opinion starts tonight in Philly
The Giants are for real this year again, they have an awesome bullpen that can keep a lead for the team. The series starts off tonight at 7:05 pm at Citizens Bank Park. Forget the Boston Red Sox series, I think this is the one that the fans have been waiting for, the rematch from last year’s 2010 NLCS and the Phillies should have a score to settle with the Giants starting tonight.