Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don't want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won't be relevant on Saturday.

American McCarver

Three Out of Four Ain’t Bad

So the return visit of the Phillies to San Francisco didn’t produce as much tension as the series in Philly, unless you could two tight well-pitched games and a brawl during a blowout. Okay, so maybe it did produce tension: but only the last two games produced taut games with lots of non-fisticuff-related drama.

At least the Giants avoided the ignominy of the four-game sweep, and at home, no less. It’s pretty hard to sweep a four-game series anywhere, as most knowledgeable fans will tell you. Still, some Phillies fans had hope, given how inept the Giants have looked all week.

In the end, Sunday’s game was a taut 3-1 affair in which the Giants needed three hits to plate a runner who had hit a leadoff double. I’ve never seen that before, but if any team can generate a negative offense, it’s my Giants.

My favorite bit of Giants-Phillies trivia: Tim Lincecum is the last two pitchers to have beaten the Phillies. And he lost a game in between those starts!

In any event, here’s hoping these two teams meet again in the playoffs this year. (This will require very little effort on the Phillies’ part, but as for the Giants? There’s a whole lot of work to be done.)

[Photo of Mike Monteiro and me, taken by my wife.]


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