The Giants finished the regular season as Division Champs and got home field advantage in the Division Series. And drew the Wild Card team from the East.
They won Game 1 with a complete game shutout from their ace and looked like they were cruising in Game 2.
Everyone had their eyes set for the League Championship Series… and maybe if luck with have it a match up against Dusty Baker’s squad.
And then before anyone knew what was happening, they lost Game 2.
Am I talking about the Giants loss to Atlanta tonight?
Or am I talking about the 2003 Division Series against the Marlins?
Remember that year?
The Giants had Jason Schmidt throw a complete game shutout (against Josh Beckett no less) and San Francisco was off to the races.
Then the Giants were up 4-1 in Game 2… and they fell apart.
Juan Encanarcion homered to tie the game and Marquis Grissom’s error opened up the flood gates.
They went back to Florida and lost game 3 in extra innings even though they had the lead with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the bottom of the 10th… and of course lost game 4 when J. T. Snow was thrown out at home trying to tie the game.
Why am I bringing this up?
Have your guard up, Giants fans… these scenarios don’t end well.
I’ve seen it before.
I was living in the Bay Area when Giants ace Jason Schmidt defected to the LA Dodgers before the 2007 season for $47 million over three years.
Oh there were some upset people calling KNBR that day.
Not so much now.
2 1/2 years later the Dodgers have collected 33 2/3 innings from Schmidt.
That’s nearly $1.4 million per inning.
Plus he’s let up 25 earned runs in those innings for a 6.68 ERA and posted a 2-5 record.
You realize that’s not just for this season… that’s over the 3 years combined.
A cool $23.5 million per win if that happens. Good work for a guy who peaked when he arrived in San Francisco in the early 2000s and declined in the mid 2000s and now is injury prone.
Meanwhile the Giants drafted Tim Alderson and Jackson Williams as compensation for Schmidt.
Williams is a catcher for the Giants AA team in Connecticut. He can’t hit and doesn’t have much power.
Meanwhile Alderson, a starting pitcher, is moving his way up the system after winning 13 games in San Jose last year.
All he needs to do is get to the bigs and win 3 games and he’ll top Jason Schmidt.
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