It’s hard to be a San Francisco Giants fan. For starters, you know they’re more than capable of being elite, which makes it tough when they underachieve. You know the rotation is stacked with batting and defensive talent, and you know the bullpen – minus the relief – has the tools to be stellar. When it all comes together, the Giants are like a well-oiled machine on both sides of the ball. But when it doesn’t, the Giants suffer team-wide collapse.
Such has been the story for the 2016 season, which makes the Giants’ upcoming series against the Chicago Cubs even more stressful.
“It comes down to the players, the pitching, the timely hitting and all that,” said Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy. “It will come down to that. I think sometimes too much is made of what we’re doing as managers, but it’s going to be up to the players to go out there and play well.”
Thanks to Conor Gillaspie, the Giants managed a spectacular three-run shut out win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Their World Series hopes have been renewed, just in time to take on the unluckiest team in baseball.
With everyone but the Bay Area rooting against them, the Giants will open the NLDS at Wrigley Field.
Johnny Cueto takes the mound with the hopes of performing along the same lines of Madison Bumgarner in the wild card. And we can all admit that if Cueto achieves anything similar to Bumgarner, game one should be a walk in the park from a pitching perspective. But Cueto does have to face off against Jon Lester, whose pitched for a 2.85 ERA in postseason.
“Every year they’re in it. Every year they’re contending. Every year they have a chance to win the World Series,” said Lester on the Giants. “So I think that’s what every team wants, not just us. I think they’re an organization that a lot of teams look after to figure out how, why, how to get to that point.”
Whoever claims game one clearly takes the advantage, however it’s a five-game series so it’s hard to say game one matters the most. But isn’t that what makes postseason fun?