Week in Review (8/8-8/14)

Results:

3-3 (66-55, 2 games back in NL West)

5-0 L vs. PIT; 6-0 W vs. PIT; 9-2 L vs. PIT; 2-1 L @ FL; 3-0 W @ FL; 5-2 W @ FL

Giants go .500 for the week, which is not so bad considering how it started, but unfortunately the Diamondbacks didn’t lose . 2 games out is not the worst thing in the world. I think this team does better went it is hunting than when it is the hunted.

Hitter of the Week:

Brandon Belt. I’ll have more on Belt later in the day, but the kid comes back from Fresno, on two hours of sleep, and goes 0-2 in his first to ABs. Baggarly tweeted (after his strikeout) something to the effect of get used to the pine in Atlanta kid. Then he hit broke out of his sleepless funk and hit two bombs. The second was really impressive to me because it looked like he didn’t even have his best swing on that pitch. A little out in front, he used his tremendous hands to launch the ball into right field and keep it fair. Not east to do. He should play more =)

Also, Cody Ross get/stay hot!

Pitcher of the Week:

Take your pick: Tim Lincecum (7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 10 K) or Madison Bumgarner (7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 10 K). Both pitched after loses, and Lincecum’s start in particular came at a time when things were looking particularly bleak. Whatever else there is to say about the Giants this year (and there is plenty) you have to step back and appreciate what a joy it is to watch these guys pitch.

Looking Ahead:

After the Giants finish this 4 game series with the Braves the only team they play the rest of the season that has a winning record is the Diamondbacks (6 games). That’s kind of crazy, and a major indictment on the NL West. If the Giants can split with the Braves and win the Houston series they will have accomplished a 6-4 road trip, which would be amazing. The potential for better than that is there though, so go ahead guys, pay the Braves back for that sweep in SF earlier this year!

(-SB)

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