Quick entry here, as I will be off to the game in a few minutes. I will be heading out early to watch some batting practice and prepare for tonight's entry. Tonight's pitching match up is going to be very interesting to watch. Hopefully Lincecum could once again be Lincecum and Ubaldo Jimenez could be that wild flamethrower like he was last year in September vs. the Giants (where the Giants roughed him up). I believe that if the Giants could just score 4 runs or more (they're record is something like 49-10 when they do), they will win tonight's game. It also would not hurt for Lincecum to put up a 0 in the first and for the Giants to jump out to an early lead to calm the nerves.
Another thing I am looking forward to tonight is that reinforcements are coming! It's September 1st and that means major league rosters will expand to 40. We will certainly see the likes of Eugenio Velez and Dan Runzler, but for the first time in his career, Edgar Renteria will be a September call up. Look for him to possibly be in the lineup tonight to give Uribe a break, who has been struggling mightily (boy it was painful to watch his 8th inning at-bat with a runner at 3rd and less than 2 outs). Also, Brandon Belt anyone? It would be nice to see what the hype is all about first hand. Can his outrageous minor league numbers continue up here? I just hope he's not another John Bowker, but let's see.
Lastly, I'll record myself doing play-by-play for a few innings. Let me know your opinion on that and tonight's game. Does this team have enough to win the West and/or Wild Card? I like to hope so, but the Jekyll and Hyde persona of this team makes me wonder. F.P. Santangelo said it best, Giants baseball IS a roller coaster ride.
My Predicted Score: Rockies 3 Giants 5
Important Scores: Phillies 2 Dodgers 0 Top 7, STL 3 HOU 5 F
ESPN's Win Probabilities: Rockies 44% Giants 56% Vegas is on our side!