The Giants forced LA to play at least one more meaningful game by losing a nail-biter in the 9th last night. The fans have already left, the team is still packing. Matt Cain had his final tune-up before his playoff start on Saturday. Other than giving up a homer to his personal Goldschmidt, Andre Ethier, he looked a lot like Matt Cain. It was also his birthday (he turned 28), and Ol' Boch thoughtfully gave him a pitch limit. The Giants looked feeble against Aaron Harang, only managing two hits. They got four hits off three relievers, but it was all for naught as Santiago Casilla gave up three hits in his 1/3 inning.
I really really really really want the Giants to eliminate the Dodgers. That means a win. One measly little win. The Cardinals could win one of their final two and make it moot, and the Dodgers could sweep and still watch the post-season on TV, but it would be much more fun to stick the dagger in personally. So c'mon, Giants, get some hits and score some runs and beat those clowns down there.
Barry Zito goes tonight, and Ryan Vogelsong gets matched up with Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday. Zito, as we all know, was left off the 2010 post-season roster. Here's why: 199-1/3 IP, 184 H, 97 R, 20 HR, 84 BB, 150 SO, 1.344 WHIP, and 4.15 ERA in 33 starts. He's on the 2012 post-season roster with his much improved 178-1/3 IP, 180 H, 89 R, 20 HR, 69 BB, 108 SO, 1.396 WHIP, and 4.19 ERA in 31 starts He had 19 quality starts in 2010, with an average game score of 51.6, but he turned that around in 2012 with 16 quality starts and a 49.3 average game score. FanGraphs gives him 1.7 WAR for 2010, 0.6 for 2012, while B-R says 0.9 and -0.2 (that's right, negative WAR). The Giants scored 3.6 rpg for Zeets in 2010, but are on a 4.8 rpg clip this season. He's the same pitcher he was then, but the Giants do better when he's on the mound: 16-17 in 2010 and 20-11 this year. So, make of that what you will.