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HBT Daily: Bad hitting, or good pitching?

Nov 1, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

Matt and I wonder if Madison Bumgarner was that good or if the Rangers were that bad. Plus: any hope that Lee vs. Lincecum will finally live up to the hype?
  1. doctorfunke - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    This is like when you watch an ESPN broadcast of a Yankees game when they lose. It’s never that they got beat, it’s always because they somehow messed up or the other team just got lucky.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:12 PM

      WTF?!?!? There’s NO way that ESPN has a Yankee bias!!!!! You should be ashamed for even contemplating that!!!!! How DARE you!!! (Did I use enough exclamation points to get my disdain across?!? If not, here are some more for you to place wherever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  2. davecamn - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Giants went up against one of the best offensive teams in the national league and now the best offensive team in the American league. Both teams bats went “cold”. I am thinking it has more to do with great pitching than poor batting.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:52 PM

      There was a farmer who had a dog and _ _ _ _ _ was his name…..

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:07 PM

        There was a farmer who had a dog and SELIG was his name…..?

    • seeingwhatsticks - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:31 PM

      Yeah, but see because no one picked the Giants it has to be because the Rangers are screwing up. People have to defend their picks. “You see, it’s not that I was wrong it’s just that they screwed up!” Next year, when everyone is picking the Giants, you’ll read/hear/see a lot more about how great they actually are. I won’t tempt the cosmos by talking about what might happen tonight, but if you’re a Giants fan and you’re not down right giddy about the future of this team over the next 5-7 years you’re just not paying attention. For all the talk about a Phillies dynasty before the NLCS, this Giants team isn’t going anywhere and whoever the Yanks and Sox acquire this offseason, no team will be able to match the 5 man rotation San Francisco will be bringing to the table.

  3. vass23 - Nov 1, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Boring World Series Craig?

    You know whats boring? Seeing the same popular teams reach the world series over and over again (i.e Yankees 1998-2001. Thats boring. Seeing fresh faces in the world series is exciting and thrilling because you know that by the end of it, there will be a new city celebrating their team and thats what matters the most.

    So a none-boring WS would have been NY vs Phillies AGAIN? c’mon.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 1, 2010 at 4:46 PM

      I didn’t say a boring matchup. In fact, I’ve said multiple times that this is an interesting matchup of a couple of interesting teams. There is copious written and video evidence on this blog of me saying that I was excited about it and that I was happy that we didn’t have the same old Yankees-Phillies fest.

      My comments above are about how the action of the series has played out so far. We’ve had four games. There have been almost no lead changes in any one of them. There has been nothing approaching high drama or even media drama.

      But if you care to point to the portions of the first four games that you found riveting, by all means, show us the way.

      • vass23 - Nov 1, 2010 at 6:09 PM

        Game 1 – hype of two great aces – come out and both get hammered early on (surprise factor), giants explode in the 6th (surprise), texas tries to rally in 6th and 9th ( scary moments)

        Game 2 – Great pitching from Cain and CJ Wilson but Cain takes the cake- you can’t take away from the fact that even when its 0-0, you are at the edge of your seat not knowings who’s going to strike first and which pitcher will have a bad outing or get homered on.
        Giants explode in the 7th due to a Texas break down.

        Game 3 – Texas takes a game – bad pitching from Jonathan – Giants still able to pull out 2 HR’s (probably this game had the least wow factor because you know that Texas has to and will win this one)

        Game 4 – Texas shutdown again- No one expected it happened twice in series, especially a 21yr old pitching like he did.

        Game 5 – Cliff Lee comeback? Lincecum ownage?

        All of those are wow factors because 80% of pundits had this Series going for Texas, but thats what i love about this game, its always a surprise. Everyone rides on the fact that Texas has great hitters (which they do) and Giants can’t hit (which they can)

        and yes… i’m a Giants fan.

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