If the San Francisco Giants tried to draw up a blueprint for the perfect three game series, the last three games against the Atlanta Braves would be it. Of course it was a four game series and they lost the first game but the latter three are hard to beat as far as performance goes. They outscored the Braves 23 – 4. Every facet of their game was running on all cylinders. There is no way to know yet if the Giants are playing extremely well or the Braves are playing just that badly. I tend to believe that for these games at least it was a little of both.
For the Giants this could be the stride that they have been hoping to hit all season long. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are both trying to keep pace and are doing so right now. If the Giants can play this well they will no doubt be able to string together one of the 8 out of 10 type streaks that stretch leads in divisions from 2 to 4 or more. The best news of this isn’t smashing the Braves. The best news of these games is that their starting pitchers all pitched very well.
A little work might still remain for Ryan Vogelsong but the big names other than him are all showing their true colors of late. Hitting can rise and fall but if the pitching of the Giants becomes what it was last year, well you know what happened at the end of last year. Basically the trend of the last three games is very exciting for the Giants and should be either motivating or scary or both for the rest of the NL West.