Whew, that felt like an actual baseball game! It doesn’t feel like we’ve had one of those in a while, in both a positive and negative way. Going back to the last game of the Mets series, the finals have been: 1-9, 16-4, 11-6, 8-3 and 2-8. Lots and lots of crooked numbers. That’s why yesterday’s game was kind of a welcome surprise, because although Buster Posey pretty much blew it open and never looked back in the first with a three-run homer, it was still a final of 4-2. And can I just say again, How hot is Buster Posey? It’s a little bit ridiculous at this point. Ridiculous in the completely elated sense of the word. Ridiculously wonderful.
Barry Zito also had a huge game, in a completely different way. He’s been struggling lately and I think a lot of people (myself included, mostly) had a bad feeling coming into that start. He proved us all wrong by throwing out a quality start, 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs. He put himself back into the win column and in the middle of August, that’s pretty huge for Zito, who’s never finished with a winning record as a Giant, if memory serves me right.
The last person who super-über came through is my very favorite Jeremy Affeldt who has to have put himself in the closer conversation big time, if he wasn’t there already. He has only three saves this year but quietly, he’s looked very, very good. With Casilla struggling on the field and battling a blister issue off the field, the closer-by-committee is the word of the moment. (This seems to be Bruce Bochy’s favorite thing ever. Not sure why. It’s a little like picking-what-we-should-have-for-dinner by committee. And I don’t know about you guys, but in my family, that doesn’t really ever at all work.) Romo’s been mostly fantabulous as well, but he can be fantabulous in the 8th, right? Javier Lopez can work his magic at other handpicked moments. Having a closer goes a long way, in my opinion. Just like executive dinner-making decisions go a long way. Pasta caprese every night. Also, Jeremy Affeldt every save situation.
We have two more games in St. Louis now because of this devilry called a four game series, so get used to the extremely hot weather from afar. Ryan Vogelsong is taking the mound and Buster Posey is taking the everything-else. It’s going to be good.