Hey Bochy, stick with this line up

In the last 13 games, as I wrote last night, the Giants have scored a total of 38 runs… a little less than 3 a game.

The way they are hitting tonight, they could score 38 runs before the 7th inning.
I’m not kidding. 11 runs in 3 innings?

The Giants?

Take this line up, Bochy and keep starting it.
After tonight, there are only 9 regular season Giants games left.

The number of games left is the same as the number of runs they scored in the 2nd inning.

What does that tell you?
That tells ME that it is worth it…

How could it be WORSE than the offense you’ve been sending out there?

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NL West race is going to top ROCKY II

It is appropriate that one of the teams involved in the NL West race are called The Rockies, because I am reminded of one of the Rocky films when I look at how the division is winding down.

Each team, the Rockies, Giants and Padres, get a breather today.

That’s bad news for the Rockies (who have an extra day to mull how they blew a 6 run lead and a chance to force a 3 way tie in the loss column.)

That’s good news for the Padres (who could use a day to regroup after a lousy series in St. Louis.

And indifferent for San Francisco (who probably wouldn’t mind another calendar day in first place.)

Then back to slugging it out… which is what reminds me of Rocky II.

(Spoiler for those of you who haven’t seen a 31 year old movie.)

That was the one where Apollo and Rocky were fighting and in what looks like the 438th round, they both took a punch (like you do in a boxing match) and both fell to the ground.

So both guys fell down and both were scrambling to stand up… holding onto the ropes in the process.

The heavyweight title was going to go to whomever managed to stand up. It had nothing to do with records, training, how they fought up until that point…

Just stand up and you’ll win.

We’re at this point with the NL West. It doesn’t matter who is on the roster… how well you played… if you had slumped or gone on a tear… it doesn’t matter how well the GM made trades or who is in the farm… it doesn’t matter who has the higher payroll.

There is about a dozen games left. Great teams can have a lousy 12 some odd games. Terrible teams can have a terrific 12 some odd games.

It is all thrown out the window.

The NL West will go to whomever is left standing.

And this race will be even better because there are THREE. It would be like Clubber Lang jumping into the ring at the last minute.

Grab the ropes, Giants.

I don’t want my dad to yell like Apollo.
Go catch that chicken and win that Division!

(If you needed to have that reference explained, then you haven’t seen Rocky II!)

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This is no time to be lying around, Giants… there’s an amazing thing that is happening:

The Padres are falling apart.
Worse than falling apart.

They’ve dropped a WEEK of games down the stretch.
Sure the Giants are only 2 games back of the Phillies for the Wild Card… but the Phillies are suddenly healthy and looking more and more like the 2 time defending NL Champs.

And the Phillies are chasing the Braves who are also showing no signs of letting up.

But there’s San Diego.
Remember all season long it looked like they were winning with a big bag of luck and a no name line up (besides Adrian Gonzalez)?

Remember when the season began the Padres looked like a team destined to lose 100 games?

Well what if I told you at the beginning of the year they would win 88-90 games?
You’d probably award Bud Black for manager of the year!

What if the law of averages are catching up to the Padres?
What if this wonderful story of the second lowest payroll in the National League taking control of the division and storming into the playoffs WAS too good to be true?

The Giants play the Padres seven (count em SEVEN) more times.

Of course the Padres have the Giants number this year, winning 9 out of 11 games so far.
But what if the law of averages catches up with the head to head match up as well?

The Giants can’t worry about teeth grinding losses and blown opportunities.

Forget the 9th inning triple the other day or blowing the comeback to the Reds last week.

They actually can take control of their own destiny, and with Lincecum back in the win column finally, maybe they can string together some wins!

I’m telling you, the West can be won.

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