The Giants picked up the second half right where they left off: Johnny Cueto underwhelmed, they still can’t win a MadBum start, Samardzija is ever the enigma, and the offense kept sputtering right along.
There’s not much to review here, but it was great to see Madison Bumgarner back! That start was the best case scenario for all involved: several innings, quality performance, no high stress pitch counts…quite frankly it was a game a good team would have won.
Rather than dig any deeper into that, or into fantastical scenarios that will never happen, let’s make a few predictions about the second half:
- Giants predictions: the only bold prediction that is mildly interesting to make here is that Brandon Belt will hit 30 home runs, the first to do it since some guy named Barry. Other than that: the Giants will make some trades and hope to get some bounce backs from the Crawford’s and Moore’s of the roster. On to the rest of baseball.
- The Cubs will be fine. My big second half baseball prognostication is that the Cubs will win the Central. Then they went out and won 3 straight games by the combined score of 27-11. They’ll be fine. The NL postseason is going to be a blood bath.
- The AL pennant race is going to be interesting with so many teams in play still, but it’s all a prelude to the Astros steamrolling their way to the World Series.
- Aaron Judge is awesome, but he won’t hit 50 home runs to break Mark McGwire’s rookie HR record.
- I should be picking the Dodgers to win it all, but I can’t do that and so I’m going to get all sentimental and pick the Dusty Baker National’s to win the whole thing.
A couple more thoughts on the World Series. MLB seems to obsess far too much over who gets into the WS and it’s impact on ratings. It’s stupid, but to close out this week’s post, here is what Rob’s crew has to be rooting for:
- Dodgers and Yankees (two iconic franchises and some serious star power).
- Cubs and Red Sox (the Epstein series)
- Dodgers and Red Sox (similar to 1)
- Dodgers and Astros (especially if they hold up their best records in each league)
- Cubs and Yankees
- Nationals and Yankees (especially as a potential preview to Bryce Harper’s future team)
What they are probably NOT rooting for:
- Milwaukee and Minnesota
- Colorado and Kansas City
- Arizona and Houston
Or some combination of those teams.
Baseball monk prediction: Nationals over Astros in 6