By Nick Schaeflein @ptchr2424 on May 10, 2014
Bay area baseball is certainly booming early on in 2014. On the heels of two-straight division titles, the Oakland A's are now sporting a top-five record in the league. One of the teams above them is their bay area mates, the San Francisco Giants, who currently own the league's best record. The start for the Giants is falling right in line with their every-other-year success. Will it lead to a busy October out by the bay?
The 16-year veteran knows a thing or two about success in the bay area. After a gruesome injury ended his 2013 season, Hudson is having a great first year out in San Fran. He is sporting an under-2.00 ERA and is pitching terrific. His strikeouts to walks is a fantastic 36-to-3 clip. Hudson is showing that he still has plenty left in the tank before he docks his career.
In past seasons, the Giants were all about pitching and finding a way to get the job done with almost smoke and mirrors on offense. This year, role players are putting in major contributions to the Giants' early success. A healthy Michael Morse is slugging, Brandon Belt is belting home runs and Angel Pagan is getting on base as the table-setter. Sergio Romo is also getting the job done late in games.
Coming into the season, it was the Los Angeles Dodgers getting all of the headlines out west. Early on, the Giants-Dodgers rivalry has been slightly one-sided. The Giants have won six of the first eight games against the Dodgers. These head-to-head wins by San Fran could be a determining factor on who ultimately wins the division come September.
With the struggles of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, the Giants have found a new ace of the staff in Madison Bumgarner. He is a young, strikeout pitcher from the left side. Bumgarner has really developed within the Giants' organization, and has evolved into one of the game's top left-handed pitchers going.
With a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP Award already on his mantel, Buster Posey is a solid MVP candidate once again. He is the face of the Giants and team leader. It is no secret that when healthy, Posey is one of the best in the game both offensively and defensively at his position. His results and numbers speak for themselves in not only these first 25 games, but in his career as well.
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