It’s October and there’s a full moon as Atlanta will brave the journey to the land of Giants on this night. The Braves had better beware because there are dangers lurking just around the corner.
In his final season, future Hall of Fame Manager, Bobby Cox, and the Atlanta Braves squeaked into the post-season winning the Wildcard, but are the Braves prepared to face the most dominant pitching staff of the National League?
San Francisco won the NL West with tremendous pitching. In the month of September, the Giants’ pitching staff touted a dwarfed ERA of 1.78. During the final month of the season, opposing batters’ hit only .182. The Giants will open the series tonight with “The Freak”, Tim Lincecum.
The 26 year old, Cy Young Pitcher, went 16-10 with a 3.43 ERA. He will be making his post-season debut. Lincecum led the National League this year with 231 K’s. Despite struggling in August, He made some adjustments and finished strong in September where he went 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA. Make no mistake, Tim Lincecum is ready for the Braves.
Atlanta will have Derek Lowe on the mound. Lowe has won 5 consecutive starts and has gone 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 8 career games at AT&T Park. It should be a good pitching match up. While the Braves’ lineup try to figure out “The Freak”, Derek Lowe will try not to freak out when he faces the Giants’ hitters, like “Kung Fu Panda”, Pablo Sandoval, and Aubrey Huff. The Giants have staked the claim for Rookie Of The Year honors with the emergence of Buster Posey. The Giants’ catcher ranked 1st amongst National League rookies with a .305 batting average, 2nd in slugging per centage (.505), 3rd in on-base per centage (.357), 4th in RBI’S with 67, 5th in multi-hit games (38). Posey finished the year with 18 HR’s in 108 games played. He is the leading candidate for NL Rookie Of the Year as he helped the Giants overcome a 7 1/2 game deficit in mid-season.
The Giants are 63-19 when scoring first this season and 69-12 when they score 4 or more runs in a game. In addition, San Fran is 61-4 when leading after the 5th inning, attributable to a fantastic bullpen. As a team, the Giants have 37 come from behind wins.
Atlanta lost Chipper Jones earlier in the year, but added players like first baseman, Derek Lee and Rick Ankiel. The Braves have had a road record of 35-46 in 2010 and have struggled as of late. However, in Bobby Cox’s final season, the Braves will be trying to send their skipper out on top. It should be a good series. The Braves will need to find an answer to the Giants’ pitching staff if they are going to have a chance. We’ll see how it goes. Rock on!