I am a Giants fan, so I am genetically programmed to like low-scoring games. Especially when those low-scoring games feature Madison Bumgarner going eight innings, scoreless, and the offense squeezing out enough to just win it by a final of 2-1. The Sergio-Romo-can’t-deal-with-Hanley-Ramirez-and-D-list-celebrities is a blip on the map. This series in LA, which is a pretty huge one, couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Sure, a little more offense might have induced a little less nail-biting, but overall, the Giants pretty much did what they’ll have to do to win games down the stretch. Additionally, they took first place in the National League West – up half a game up from the Dodgers – and set a slightly suspect record. Per @MLB: For first time in liveball era, pair of LHPs (Bumgarner & Kershaw) reached double digits in K’s and issued 0 walks in same game.
Which is kind a cool statistic, despite the multitude of modifiers which make it roughly similar to me telling you that I made lemon cupcakes on the third Tuesday in August for the first time ever and expecting you to be really stoked. Okay, maybe not exactly similar. But roughly. Definitely roughly.
Anyhows. Lincecum is taking the mound tonight, so I’m kind in limbo about how to feel. I’m just going to try to be mellow and peace out, because that’s what we do in the Bay Area when we’re stressed, right? No? Well, it’s worth a try. The rivalry with the Dodgers is certainly a lot of fun this year, with both teams being in contention again, but I may not think it’s fun at all after tonight. Right. Optimism only. Tonight is going to be fantastic, people!
Lastly, one more thing for GMs to consider before finalizing a deal! Make sure the player has a current passport and he knows where it is and all that jazz. Especially if you’re in the American League, but even if you’re not, because Bud Selig does love his Interleague Play, you know. And if the thing that’s scared the guy away from getting a passport is the dreaded photo, never fear, USA Today has lots of useful tips for that! Playing Jose Bautista and whoever else is on the Blue Jays, come hither.