As always By will be covering the Giants and Chappy will be covering the A’s portion.
San Francisco Giants (1st place 50-40)
Oakland Athletics (4th place 39-51)
Three Up -
Oakland A’s -Mark Ellis is wrecking pitchers lately going 11-32 with four doubles, three homers, and 7 RBI’s in his last seven games. Too bad he’s now a member of the Rockies. Tough for me to find a lot of positives outside of Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore, but I guess our leading RBI man Josh Willingham is healthy and back in the lineup. Guillermo Moscoso pitched 24.2 innings only giving up one run, but was sent back to AAA today. I guess that shows you how good our pitching has been even with numerous injuries. I’d like to see us trade a couple of these pitchers for a bat. Is that asking too much? I guess so. I think it’s a good thing they are going to let our top prospect Chris Carter keep playing in Oakland. It’s not like he could do worse than Barton was doing at first base. I hope we sell off some players and get something worthwhile at the trade deadline. I’d love to see them unload Fuentes.
SF Giants – There’s so many positives to write about, but I’ll keep it short. Let’s start with the obvious, the Giants remain in first place, and the only goal for the miSFits is to win their division and make the playoffs. Another positive, the G-Men are sending four All-Stars to the desert, and if not for horrible run support for Mad Bum, perhaps five. How about Barry Zito guys!? While most Giants fans are raving about his “return” to prominence, I still remain skeptical. Let’s just appreciate his last three starts for now before we go handing him the Cy Young shall we? And lastly, it is good seeing Buster Posey in the dugout again. We miss you buddy ~
Three Down -
Oakland A’s – Where to start!?! We score no runs, and the only games we win are 1-0 or 2-0. Those wins are also few and far between. We are last in the worst division in the AL. We’ve hit the fewest homers, and are in the bottom three in all of baseball for runs, RBI, and batting average. When you see stats like Kurt Suzuki has 6 of our last 16 hits, and Derek Holland with a career 5.22 ERA holds you to a 4 hit CG shutout, you know you’re in trouble. I’m tired of writing how they can’t hit, so I’ll spare myself. If there wasn’t enough bad mojo going around this team, even fans are dying at the park when they hit foul balls…
SF Giants – I hate to sound redundant, but the one downer for these Giants is their hitting. While they remain scrappy and stay true to form with their “A Different Hero Every Night” approach on offense, it’s hard to fathom them keeping it up the entire season. Especially since it started last season. Overall, not much to complain about with the Giants, especially while they’re in first.