The 2010 San Francisco Giants won the World Series on the strength of their excellent home-grown starting pitching, lights-out bullpen and clutch (if not overwhelming) offense.
This year, as the champs do their best to stage a repeat, they’re going to have to step it up even further, facing the likes of the Phillies Big Four pitchers, the surging Diamondbacks and the always-dangerous Rockies.
Still, tell any Giants fan that Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain are having good years, and they’ll shrug and say “yeah, what else is new?” Mention that Brian Wilson has converted 20/22 saves this year, and hasn’t given up a run since May 18th, and they’ll yawn.
We’re truly spoiled this year, so I’d like to mention five players who managed to fly under the radar, but whose great play on the field has helped keep this team in first place.
In the twenty-fifth episode, Thomas and Danny talk about the glorious homestand and six-game win streak, the crowded outfield, Jonathan Sanchez’s fastball, some injury updates, and do a test of skill between the two hosts.
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In the twenty-fourth episode, Thomas and Danny talk injuries, Mike Fontenot’s surprising hot streak, Tweety Vogelsong’s mortality, and some amazing pitching from around the league. Also, some age-related, patriotic trivia.