Giants @ Dodgers September 12, 2013: Remember the Giants?

September 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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You know what’s great? September baseball should be meaningful, and it should especially be so when the Dodgers are playing the Giants. Sure, you can talk about the Diamondbacks and Rockies and Padres, and they all have their mildly interesting histories and recent feuds with the Dodgers, but they’re not the Giants. They’re not the longtime rivals who moved from the East Coast so many decades ago, and they’re especially not the team who has somehow managed to win two titles in the last three seasons.

So yeah, a series against the Giants in September should be important… and it’s not, for all the right reasons. It’s mostly because the Dodgers have had this division wrapped up for weeks, but it’s also because the Giants have taken a total nosedive. When these two teams last met, back in the first week of July, the series ended with the Dodgers still under .500 and just two games ahead of the Giants.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
RF
Puig
2B
Scutaro
LF
Crawford
1B
Belt
SS
Ramirez
C
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Pence
CF
Ethier
3B
Sandoval
3B
Uribe
SS
Crawford
C
A.Ellis
LF
Blanco
2B
M.Ellis
P
Cain
P
Greinke

Now they meet again, and the Giants are in last place, having actually tried to use Jeff Francoeur with a straight face. It’s wonderful, really, that the main goal for the traditional biggest rivals is just “uh, hey guys, try not to get yourselves hurt out there.” They can’t even play spoiler at this point; the season is over.

If that sounds like me taking needless glee at the misfortunes of others, well, guilty as charged, but just remember what it felt like to watch Hunter Pence and Ryan Vogelsong and Pablo Sandoval and yes, Juan Uribe and Brian Wilson raise the flags over the last few years.

So sure, as the Dodgers go out and send Zack Greinke against Matt Cain tonight, it’d be great if they knock one more game off that magic number. Or not, you know, because it barely even matters that the Giants are in town in September — and that’s a great thing.

But in the same breath, don’t also forget to enjoy what we’ve been lucky enough to witness this season, because the Giants are rolling out the same group (though not in the same order, and in front of Cain instead of Barry Zito) that they did in Game 1 of the World Series last year. It can all fall apart so quickly.

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