I started doing yoga in front of the television around the eighth inning. Buster Posey was throwing all these people out and the FOX broadcasters were mispronouncing everyone’s names and it was a tie game against the Dodgers in the middle of September. I was doing Triangle Pose and drinking my banana-mango smoothie because, as you all know, baseball games make me nervous. Vah-ree nervous.
This is triangle pose. It’s a great pose for lazy people like me who don’t actually do yoga.
Anyhows, this was a good game all around: close, good pitching and some nice bits of situational hitting. It didn’t go the Giants direction, in the end, but Matt Cain was almost entirely dazzling and Buster Posey was marvelous, marvelous, marvelous. He was involved in both of the Giants runs and threw out a career record three runners. Two of them were back to back, Hanley twice and Ethier once.
This game was that example of a time when the team just has to be that much better. That being not that much at all. And it’s not exactly something you can pinpoint or try to fix, because some days one team will be there and the other won’t be. The Giants have made some choices of offense over defense and it’s paid off. It didn’t, today, but that doesn’t mean we should scrap the whole idea, of course. (Although if they decided to scrap the whole idea in favor of turning the San Francisco Giants into the San Francisco Giants Cupcake Shop & Café, I would totally be down for that.)
In other news, Matt Kemp was out today and tomorrow with a shoulder injury. We can add him to the long list of causalities on opposing teams that the Giants have left in their wake. I haven’t ruled voodoo out yet. I think I’m going have to open up a research project, this offseason, to analyze that ever-so-slightly-disturbing trend.