Fans of the San Francisco Giants have good reason to be excited at the moment as their beloved Giants are riding a six game winning streak into this week's series against the San Diego Padres and are within 3.5 games of the first place Dodgers.Prior to this win streak, the Giants had won only once in their previous 10 games and had dropped from 1.5 games out of first to a season high (tieing) 5.5 games out of first in the hotly contested National League West. Sweeping series' against the Phillies and the Diamondbacks will, hopefully, be the momentum shifter that can sustain throughout the rest of the season as they make a push for the elusive odd-year contention.
Tim Hudson has been activated from the disabled list and will open the series on Monday night. His last start against the Padres was on April 9 when he threw 6.1 shutout innings. He will be opposed by Ian Kennedy who is hungry for a W as his team has been unable to give him more than one run of support in his last four starts. That's combined, not each.
The big secret to winning game one of this series, and extending the streak to seven, may come down to Buster Posey. Posey has had a hit in 17 of his previous 18 games and is hitting .426 in that span. At Petco Park, over his career, Posey has seven home runs and a .338 batting average and he also has the second best slugging percentage (.574) of any player in baseball. In his last eight outtings, Kennedy has given up eight home runs and hitters are slugging .491 against him. If Posey can keep up his stellar Petco numbers, he could do some serious damage on Monday night.
As if that weren't enough reason to be hopeful for tonight's outcome, Brandon Belt is batting .323 off of Kennedy and has two doubles, a triple and two home runs against the right handed hitter as well. Solid pitching from Hudson, who is a question mark until we see what he's got tonight, and some pop from those two bats will play havoc on Kennedy's game and lead the Giants to win number seven.