Why The SF Giants Are Tonight's Lock Pick On The MLB Schedule

Raymond MullanCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 11:  Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants waits on deck during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 11, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  Let me start with an admission... I am a die hard Giants fan!

  Before you discount this article, though, as simple fanfare lets look at some me good ol' facts.

  The fact that first jumps up and hits us in the face in analysis of this game is the 21 year old pitcher with no big league starts the Angels are sending to the mound.  The righty has a 6.02 ERA in his 10 starts for Triple-A Salt Lake this year.  Sean Daniel O'Sullivan will be greeted by a very hot Giants line-up.

  Just how hot are the G's bats? 

  To lead off, San Francisco's lead off hitter Aaron Rowand is batting .353 in the month of May and out of of the 5 slots in the batting order Bochy has tried him at this year the top spot has been the most productive for him.

  Benjie Molina is hitting at a .333 clip with a couple long balls and Nate Schierholtz has a .375 batting average over their last 7 starts respectively.

  Predictably that is all just table setting for the main course which is Big Panda.  Over his last 7 games Sandoval is batting .519 with a double, 4 homers, 7 runs scored and 9 ribbies.   

  Welcome to the bigs O'Sullivan!

  On the flip side the  Halo's arguably best hitter, Torii Hunter, is out of tonight's game with bruised ribs he sustained while unsuccessfully chasing down a Benjie Molina double Monday night.

  On the mound tonight for the Giants is Jonathon Sanchez.  The left hander has a 2.22 ERA in his 4 interleague starts.  In his last outing on May 11th Sanchez gave up just 1 run in 5.2 innings.  Granted, it was against Arizona.

  A couple parting stats...the G's come into today with a game better record than the Angels and a 23-19 record in night games compared to 23-23 for L.A.'s other team.

  The most important stat of all is a Giants victory and a Dodgers loss will bring us 1 game closer and 6.5 back of the first place bums! 

  So suffice to say the stats guarantee a Giants victory now alls left to do is play out the game.