The often criticized San Francisco Giants offense looked more than plausible last night against former Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter. The Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a Game 3 Monday night in decisive fashion with a score of 7-1. Much was made of the Marco Scutaro and Matt Holliday sliding incident, and rightfully so, but the Giants offensive charge should not be overlooked.
Furthermore, many counted the Giants out once news broke about the 2012 All Star Game MVP, Melky Cabrera, missing 50 games due to use of illegal PEDs. Cabrera was vital to the club with a .346 batting average before being abruptly suspended by the MLB for 50 games on August 15th of this year. Fortunately, 25 other guys were ready to pick up Carbrera’s slack.
First off, catcher Buster Posey has gone above and beyond his call of duty in only his second year of complete action. Posey has my vote for the 2012 NL MVP. Playing in 148 games Posey had 39 doubles, 24 home runs, drove in 103 runs, and maintained a stellar .336 average. Furthermore, at age 25, Posey caught one of the top 5 pitching staffs in the league including a perfect game from Matt Cain. You simply cannot ask much more from a third year player coming back from a serious ankle injury last summer. Posey’s composure will pay dividends against an experienced Cardinals team.
If you were to tell Giants fans that Tim Linceum would have a 5.15 ERA upon season’s end they would’ve been insulted. Well, the stats dont lie and yes Lincecum had the worst season of his young career, but things could’ve been a lot worse. Moving on, all five Giant starters pitched in 184.1 or more innings. No matter how high the ERA may climb, the luxury of having starters that can go deep in ballgames is an enormous one. Most importantly, the Giants bullpen was well rested. The pitching staff as a whole should be commended for the job they did to not force a depleted offense to score 10 runs a contest in order to win.
All in all, Giants Manager Bruce Bouchy has gone above and beyond with this club in 2012. Losing his best overall hitter and an above average left fielder right in the heat of summer could’ve put the Giants six feet under. However, poise and production from both the offense and the pitching staff have landed the Giants an ample opportunity to bring another World Series trophy to the Bay.
Bruce Bouchy and the rest of the Giants go on the road to face the Cardinals Wednesday Night for a crucial game 3.