Baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action: Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero.
--Edward Abbey (emphasis mine)
Today number 75--the Billion Dollar Boy--played stopper and we got a win we so desperately needed. He racked up a Game Score of 68, his 5th best of the year. Considering the circumstances, it was a hell of a performance. Nice to see Mississippi Fred contribute positively--walk, run, hit, rbi, sb--as well. Olympic Nate continues to come up big with the glove.
We saw the formula today. The pitching has to be good, and the hitters have to take advantage of their opportunities. We are an unbalanced squad, obviously. We lack firepower, and that was brought home again painfully this week. Nonetheless we head to Denver a game behind the Crockies with Matt Cain going first. We have to stick to our strengths and play our game. It's an agonizing sort of baseball, with a drip-by-drip water-torture approach to scoring runs, and it only works when the pitching keeps it close and the guys catch the ball and make the plays. It has been 95 games of almost .540 ball (an 88-win pace) with this flawed, improbable team, and, the highs and lows are only going to get higher and lower in the next two months. Strap in and hang on, it is going to be a hell of a ride.