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Giants Baseball: Torture

October 2, 2010

What can you say, except that deep in the back of your mind you knew this was going to happen. Giants enter a three-game series with San Diego to close out the regular season, drive their magic number down to ONE by sweeping the D-Backs, and then drop two in a row to the Padres.

First, the good news. It would still be very difficult for the Giants not to make the playoffs. Between their big lead in the West coming into this weekend and Atlanta’s two straight losses to the Phillies, ESPN’s Hunt for October still has the Giants with a 94% chance of making the playoffs. That itself is not the issue. The issue is, if Jonathan Sanchez and the Giants can’t get it done tomorrow against Mat Latos and the Padres, they have to burn Lincecum against the Padres on Monday in San Diego. And, if they can’t get it done in San Diego, they’re off to Atlanta (assuming the Phillies win again tomorrow) where they burn Matt Cain. In this worst-case scenario, a win in Atlanta on Tuesday sets up a Wednesday matchup between the Giants’ #3 (Bumgarner? Zito?) and NL Cy Young-to-be Roy Halladay. All bad.

The moral of the story is that tomorrow’s regular season finale between Mat Latos and Jonathan Sanchez is a must-win for San Francisco, and it will be a game not to miss. Sure, anything is possible once you reach the playoffs, but the road to the World Series is much more pleasant if the regular season ends tomorrow with a victory.

Go Giants!

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