Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Half a game, half a game, half a game onward . . .
Starting pitcher M.C. O'Connor
Our Valley of Death was that wretched trip to Chavez Ravine, but last night in the Valley of the Sun we resurrected ourselves, if only to keep the tease alive. Four games back with twelve to play is not a formula for success, but until the math says we are done (our elimination number is NINE) we have to run out the string. We've now completed a trip through the rotation that is perhaps our worst sequence of the season. Matt Cain's 6 IP and 4 ER vs. Colorado at home was the best of a terrible run of starting starting pitching. Neither Sanchez, Penny, Lincecum, nor Zito made it out of the 5th, and all of them gave up at least 4 ER. The fact that we managed two wins in that stretch is amazing. Last night Jeremy Affeldt and Brian Wilson continued what they've done all season--get big outs in close games. Those guys--the whole 'pen, in fact--have been very valuable. Freddy Sanchez left the game with a mysterious knee ailment. Get this: he hurt himself after one of their guys hit a homerun. I don't know how you do that, and I'll admit I don't want to know. I hope, if we decide to keep this guy, we give him an incentive-laden one-year deal for a hell of a lot less than he makes now. Nice to see Mississippi Fred make a positive contribution. "Speed don't slump" is what they say, and it was true in last night. Maybe tonight Matt Cain can give us another one of those 7 IP 2 ER starts we got so used to in July, and the rest of the crew will get back on the beam as well.