Why even ask such a silly question? The Giants are on fire! Everything is working out for them... Pitching, timely hitting, incredible defensive stops, key players heating up... there is NOTHING in the way of the Giants. The Dbacks? Let's not take anything away from them.
Remember, this is the same Arizona team who struggled and battled their way through injuries of key starters and two pitching aces. They came back in this stretch to pass by the Dodgers as the second place team in the division, and now with their players back, will be looking to continue their dominance.
Still, we're at Pac Bell, and they're playing the Giants. No team right now wants to play the Giants at Pac Bell, no matter how hot you are (literally, in Arizona's case). The Giants themselves are battling through some key injuries and many questionable key players who have suffered what seems like minor injuries in the Colorado series.
The Dbacks split their last series in San Diego.
Things To Look For:
Elmer Dessens (5-6, 5.13 ERA)
Curt Schilling (5-4, 3.00 ERA)
Miguel Batista (7-4, 2.77 ERA)
Brandon Webb (7-3, 2.45 ERA)
Jerome Williams (5-1, 2.64 ERA)
Damian Moss (8-6, 4.99 ERA)
Jim Brower (6-2, 4.04 ERA)
Jason Schmidt (10-4, 2.41 ERA)
Jerome Williams continues to excel every time he's on the mound for the Giants. Out of all the Dbacks starters, Dessens is the worse of the four, and he gets to go against the Dbacks stopper in Williams. One thing's for certain, Williams will bring his good stuff to the mound as he has in his last outings, and in front of a home crowd he will be even more phenomenal.
Damian Moss will be looking for his second straight win after semi- recovering from his mishaps of the first half of the season. I say semi- recovering because Moss never really gets rid of his wildness, and if it's effective then go for it, but if it's not, then that's when Moss gets into trouble. He'll be going up against Curt Schilling, so Moss better be prepared and those high runs allowed will have to stop with Schilling on the mound for Arizona.
In the third game, Jim Brower will be looking to redeem himself against Arizona after his shaky performance in his last start against the Dbacks. He will be going against Miguel Batista, who is arguably the Dback's best pitcher currently. Brower had a great start in his last start against the Rockies, so he will look to forget about his bad start against the Dbacks and to continue pitching dominating innings.
In the finale match, the Giants will be up against Brandon Webb, the pitcher who was able to give the Giants a loss in their last trip to Arizona. To avenge for their loss, the Giants are in hopes of sending Jason Schmidt to the mound, depending on the status of his right forearm.
Lyle Overbay (.274)
Mark Grace (.202)
J.T. Snow (.270)
Andres Galarraga (.299)
Overbay has not been producing offensively for the Dbacks. Snow has been struggling a little offensively since the start of the second half but has been seeing the ball well in that number 2 spot. Galarraga continues with consistency when Snow is benched against left-handed pitchers.
Junior Spivey (.255)
Carlos Baerga (.327)
Matt Kata (.330)
Ray Durham (.293)
Neifi Perez (.282)
Junior Spivey is still injured for the Dbacks, which really gives them a blow offensively. Kata was producing when he was first sent up from the minors, but recently he has been cold. Durham continues to stay consistent and Perez has been decent off the bench for the Giants.
Alex Cintron (.304)
Craig Counsell (.273)
Rich Aurilia (.270)
Aurilia is hot, enough said. Against Colorado, he went 3-3 in the first game, picked up three RBIs with a triple in the second game, and had his second 4-4 game this season. And with the two homeruns he has against Dessens, Schilling, and Batista, look for him to have some pop in his bat.
Shea Hillenbrand (.318)
Robby Hammock (.274)
Edgardo Alfonzo (.243)
Pedro Feliz (.220)
Hammock has been struggling recently for the Dbacks and so has Hillenbrand, but Hillenbrand's success against Giants pitching can not be ignored. Alfonzo is showing definite signs of hitting the ball, and the Giants will need him to produce to win ball games.
Chad Moeller (.308)
Rod Barajas (.231)
Yorvit Torrealba (.250)
Alberto Castillo (.400)
The Giants lose a lot offensively with Santiago out of the lineup, but Torrealba has been doing a good job behind the plate and at the plate. Castillo showed a little pop in his bat in his first start as a Giant, launching his first career grand slam against the Rockies.
Luis Gonzalez (.308)
Barry Bonds (.322)
Gonzalez has not been doing well against the Giants this season, although he started to heat up in his last game against the Giants. Gonzalez is a good player, but he loses against Bonds. Look for Bonds to be smashing more homers and doing what he does best.
Steve Finley (.313)
Luis Terrero (.250)
Marquis Grissom (.312)
Hopefully Grissom's little collision with the wall didn't cause him any major injuries, but as we all saw, this guy plays hard and delivers every time, no matter if it's on the field or in the batter's box. Finley has been a consistent hitter for the Dbacks and his recent struggles against the Giants ended in the last game against the Giants.
Danny Bautista (.260)
David Dellucci (.259)
Quinton McCracken (.228)
Jose Cruz, Jr. (.266)
Tony Torcato (.000)
Cruz has been beginning to swing the bat more now and has taken over the spot hitting behind Bonds. He's been producing offensively and there's never a question of his defensive abilities on the field.
The Giants bullpen has been superb, in short and long relief. Schmidt had to leave his last start in an emergency but the bullpen came through to help him get his tenth win. Joe Nathan and Scott Eyre have become the ideal set-up men for the set-up man, and Felix Rodriguez has been solid but is still experiencing some rough outings. Jason Christiansen has been good in short relief, and with the addition of Matt Herges to the bullpen, the Giants have only strengthened themselves in relief pitching.
Tim Worrell continues his excellence, recording his twenty-first save against the Rockies. Worrell had a shaky outing against Arizona in the second game of the last series against the Dbacks, but has recovered since then. His role will be important in these close games with the pennant race on the line.
Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
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