Series Preview: San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies

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Jun 28, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Hello Kitty throws out the first ball before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies on Hello Kitty Day at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s Meet The Giants

The San Francisco Giants seemed to be in the perfect position just a week or two ago: gaining fast on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, all while playing relatively well and watching the Dodgers’ bullpen implode on an almost-nightly basis.

Surely, smart money in California (trust me, I live here) told everybody that the Dodgers were going to screw everything up, while the Giants had the angle from the outside looking in.

After all, LA was just 3-9 versus San Francisco this year.

And then… this week happened. In three very close games, the Dodgers swept the Giants, and pushed them back from 3.5 games out of first place to 6.5 games (!). With less than four weeks left in the season, suddenly made San Francisco question whether they have enough time to overcome that deficit, since the Wild Card is out of the question at this point.

From an outsider’s perspective, then, I have to believe it’s panic time in San Francisco — and that the Giants really need as many games as they can get in Colorado this week. Seems like the perfect time for the Rockies to play spoiler, right?

The likely end of Tim Lincecum’s Giants career (Grantland).
The Colorado Rockies aren’t going to see Tim Lincecum in Denver this week, since he’s on the disabled list (due to what this article talks about), but it’s a good piece about a freakishly small pitcher who out-pitched his arsenal and became maybe the game’s most unlikely power pitcher this side of Pedro Martinez.

The Giants get their own craft beer — why not the Dodgers (LA Times).
Of course the Giants get their own craft beer, because of course. And of course the L.A. Times would ask why the Dodgers don’t have one. Because of course.

Giants acquire De Aza for outfield depth in trade with Red Sox (FOX Sports).
I have watched Alejandro De Aza quite a bit with the Orioles and Red Sox this year; while the Giants may not make the postseason, he’d be eligible if they did, and he’s a pretty underrated fourth outfielder.

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