[picappgallerysingle id="10104831"]The San Francisco Giants are still partying by the Bay. The team the nation has labeled as cast offs and misfits are celebrating what many feel is an improbable run to the World Series. Those people could not be more wrong. I predict this run to the World Series is only the first in a long line of great things to happen for the Giants. If recent MLB history is an indication to how good this team will be in the coming years, plan on a long run ending with at least the playoffs every year. The reason I say this is the Giants look like a very young Atlanta Braves team that would dominate the National League West for a decade behind the best pitching staff in baseball.
Let us examine a few facts. Great pitching dominates throughout the season. Both teams can consider themselves loaded. The Braves always had three great pitchers in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz. These three men would pitch tremendously and every year the Braves would at least win their division. Then a guy like Denny Neagle would come in and have a solid year to augment them. The team locked these men up and built around them. Plan on Brian Sabean doing the same with his young studs. Right now the Giants have three top of the rotation guys in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Madison Bumgarner. These three young men in a very short time have established themselves as three of the top pitchers in this game. Lincecum has two Cy Young awards, Cain did not allow a run in the entire post season, and Bumgarner was dominant in the playoffs despite being a rookie. The team also has a guy like Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez is still learning to harness his pitches, but for a stretch this year he did and he was top of the rotation good. That is four nasty starters. Throw in Barry Zito as the fifth starter and you have a team primed for a very long run.
The Braves lineup was solid. The Giants can easily get there. The team has pieces. The team has an emerging super star in Buster Posey. I doubt Aubrey Huff is going anywhere. Freddie Sanchez is solid. I doubt Pablo Sandoval will have as bad a year next season. Juan Uribe is a clutch power bat. The team needs a middle of the order bat. Renteria’s contract is off the books. This means the Giants can get there man.
The scary thought is the Giants have an edge the Braves never had. The bullpen for the Giants is dominant. Guys like Romo, Runzler, Affeldt, Lopez and Ramirez were solid. Of course having a game ender like Brian Wilson never hurts. Wilson is better than any closer the Braves ever had in their heyday.
People of San Francisco save some of that orange and black confetti. Get used to winning during the summer. This team is primed for a long run. run backed by pitching. Yes folks, the Giants are entering a Brave new world.