GIANTS 2 - METS 0
I'm glad the Giants didn't wait too long to get on track in the second half.
Going into the break there was some concern that their hot streak was mainly the product of playing two of the worse teams in the NL. There was some concern that the second place New York Mets would roll into town and put an end to the Giants little string of success.
Instead, the Giants won for the eighth time in the last 10 games. They moved to 3.5 games back of the first place Padres and only 1 game back of the third place Dodgers.
If you told me two weeks ago that the Giants would be only 3.5 games out of first place after the first game of the second half, I would have had trouble believing you.
Instead, the Giants have been scoring runs while being led by the shot in the arm that is Buster Posey, The pitching has improved due in no small part to the return to excellence by Tim Lincecum. Most importantly they look like a team with confidence again.
Youth led the way again last night. From Timmy's complete game shutout, to Pablo Sandoval's double of the wall in the second, to Buster Posey's RBI groundout in the 8th to go along with having scored the games only other run up to that point.
I have to say that the young players playing more often has been refreshing to say the least. Earlier in the season when the Giants were struggling and they were playing nothing but veterans every day this was a depressing team to watch. Now, win or lose, we are getting a glimpse of the Giant's future. We are seeing what guys like Posey, Bumgarner, Ishikawa, and Schierholtz can do while being given somewhat of an extended look for the first time. The future looks bright indeed!
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22gigantes posed the question during the break if divorce is getting to Pablo Sandoval. This theory holds some water with me since I have long thought that Pablo's struggles this season have looked to be more mental than mechanical. His celebration after lining his second inning run scoring double last night would make one think that he was feeling a little more loose to start the second half.