Can The Giants Ride The Ground Game Into October?
After starting the 2009 season 2-7, the Giants appeared destined for another season vying for the National League West cellar.
However, since their abysmal start, the G-Men have posted a 16-8 record and have not lost a series since getting swept at home by the rival Dodgers on Apr, 16.
Riding one of the best starting staffs in all of baseball, Bruce Bochy’s Giants have somehow scratched and clawed enough runs together to not only dig themselves out of an early hole, but actually climb into contention in the NL West.
Ranked near the bottom in nearly every significant offensive category, the one offensive stat the Giants do lead in the league is infield singles. The powerless Giants seem to have mastered the art of the swinging bunt, and have worn out opposing infielders, as well as infields, with their ground attack.
The Giants' front office has made it clear that their 2009 club would be built on pitching, defense, and youth, and to this point their commitment to small ball seems to be paying dividends.
While many experts prognosticated San Francisco to finish fourth or worst in their own division, the Giants have been one of the sleeper teams of 2009 and are positioned to give the Los Angeles Dodgers, arguably the best team in baseball, a serious run for their money.
With Dodgers’ slugger Manny Ramirez being suspended until July 3 for testing positive for female fertility drugs, the Giants have a legitimate shot at riding their current wave of momentum all the way to the playoffs. The Dodgers have gone 2-4 since the Ramirez suspension.
If young speed merchants Emmanuel Burris and Fred Lewis can keep getting on base, the starting rotation can keep putting up zeroes, and the rest of the lineup can keep smashing baseballs into the infield, the Giants may just be the team nobody wants to face down the stretch....especially Major League stadium grounds crews.
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