Ok, I’ll accept Chico’s invitation, and start a thread to carry us to the NLCS. (I hope someone else gets ready to take the next AB.)
No Giants baseball until Sunday—how sweet is that? The team rests and digests the prey they just devoured. In the meantime, until Sunday, we can indulge in some reflection. What do you think about this great team? Here are my ideas:
Best: Buster Posey. Came out strong, timing a bit off early in the season, leg always a question; roared into MVP territory in the second half (not to mention PS) and answered all questions.
Worst: Pablo Sandoval. He got out of shape (and, almost jailed) instead of rehabbing. The AS game triple and the big HR in Cinn. only hint at what he might have done if he’d taken his job seriously.
Big surprise: Zito’s season-long productivity.
Comeback: Lincecum in the division series. He’s one of my favorite Giants ever; his heart is the strongest arm on the staff.
Sabean: Scutaro, Pence, Mijares and Nady. Are you kidding me? What a bunch of smart second half moves.
Bochy: No closer, under-performing starters, streaky hitters, inexplicably poor defense in the first half, a sizable share of injuries, total loss of the 3 hitter from July on, and a 1B/C platoon scheme that would’ve been controversial and disastrous for most teams—and Bochy won the division easily and the division series under pressure. Bochy is a HOF manager.
So, what’s next? The Giants have no closer. Romo, whom (yeah, whom) I greatly admire, is not brawny enough; Casilla hasn’t developed the closer killer instinct. Lopez is a LOOGY, who can go just a bit longer. Affeldt, who seems to be unusually accident prone, is lights out when he’s on, but terrible when he’s off. Kontos, however, is a rising star. Bochy sure likes him.
So get ready for some stressful late innings. Bochy may break records with the numbers of pitchers he uses this PS. The team itself will only get more ferocious. Sunday can’t come too soon.