Lets Make a Deal!
So I guess I’m writing this post as a peace offering to Giants fans for the rest of this week of Interleague play. Since the Giants are currently playing the Anaheim Angels down in Anaheim to start the week how about you guys just go ahead and sweep them. The Giants have already taken the 1st game of the series with a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Orange County Riverside Angels of Lower Anaheim. Matt Cain’s record has been pushed to 9-2, crazy I know, along with a Player of the Week nod and now he’s almost seemingly throwing his hat out on the mound and getting wins that in years past wouldn’t have even been fathomable. This type of outing was probably to be expected since it was Cain’s first after his perfect game last Wednesday versus the Houston Astros.
But as the Giants have been continuing to do this season, they just seem to keep grinding out wins behind some solid pitching from Cain, Bumgarner, Zito, and Vogelsong. Did I leave anyone else out? Either way, just keep doing what you’re doing against the Angels the rest of this week and the A’s will handle their end of the bargain versus the Dodgers this series. The Giants will have Barry Zito taking the hill against C.J. Wilson on Tuesday and finish off the series with Ryan Vogelsong taking on Dan Haren. After that the Giants get a day off before they face off with the A’s on Friday in Oakland.
The Oakland Athletics start a 3 game series versus the Matt Kemp-less Los Angeles Dodgers who are 3-3 in their last 6 games but still maintain a 4.5 Game lead on the Giants in the NL West. The A’s are coming into the series winning 5-6 from the lower half of the NL West by sweeping the Rockies and taking 2-3 from San Diego. The A’s have been swinging heavy bats over the last 2 series and none heavier than Brandon Moss. The AL Player of the Week, Moss hit .364 with 3 doubles, 5 HR’s, 10 RBI’s, and 7 runs in 6 games hopes to keep swinging a hot bat against Aaron Harang on Tuesday. Harang is currently 5-3 with an ERA of 3.59, WHIP 1.36, and 64 Ks with 5 No decisions. He will be contending with a suddenly potent Oakland Offense who in the month of June has hit .275, OBP of .346, SLG of .462, and OPS of .808 along with 19 HR’s and 84 RBI’s. I know it’s crazy that the A’s are finally starting to hit and that has been with Yoenis Cespedes on the bench still nursing a nagging hamstring injury.
Brandon McCarthy will be taking the mound for the A’s after another missed start due to some inflammation of his scapula which has already been a concern this year. The A’s staff has been able to weather the missed starts by McCarthy and are looking at starting Tommy Milone to the mound on Wednesday to face Nathan Eovaldi. While Jarrod Parker gets the tough task of going up against Clayton Kershaw on Thursday to close out the series. The A’s may have to wait to see how Bartolo Colon’s oblique is doing towards the end of the week to see if he might be able to make a start during the Bay Bridge series or if Tyson Ross might get the call again for a spot start.
So whaddaya say Giants, you beat up on the Angels for us and we will beat up on the Dodgers for you and then all the rooting for each other goes out the window once Friday rolls around. Does that sound good to you?
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