It’s Go Time

September 1

Monday night? The broken-bat triple? The bad route by Cody Ross? The bad throw by Freddy Sanchez? Never happened.

If you paid attention to this blog’s wise counsel Monday, a painful loss can be erased a night later, and that’s what happened Tuesday at A T and T Park. Now the Rockies are right back where they started; three games behind the Giants, and two more days have expired. In addition, the Giants are now just four games behind the suddenly-skidding Padres in the NL West, and they didn’t lose ground to the Phillies.

One more thing about Monday night: both Ross and Sanchez faced the media and took full responsibility for what they did or did not do. That’s quality, and an example of the good clubhouse the Giants have. It also shows why this club can rebound from a brutal loss; character. That doesn’t get you a pennant, but it doesn’t hurt, either.

What will get the Giants a pennant is starting pitching, and Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner ended an awful August on a high note. Now Tim Lincecum has to drop the memory of August like a radioactive fuel rod on Wednesday evening.

It’s September, and it’s Go Time.

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Once the news broke that Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram was out for the opener against San Jose State due to arthroscopic knee surgery, the betting line moved. Alabama is now favored by only 37 points instead of 39. The Crimson Tide shouldn’t be worried; Trent Richardson might be just as good a running back — if not better — than Ingram.

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Move over, Stephen Strasburg. Aroldis Chapman made his major league debut last night in relief for the Reds in Cincinnati. He was clocked at 100, 101, 102, and 103 miles an hour on fastballs. He struck out the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy on a nasty back-foot breaking ball, and he retired the side in order. Just remember what happened to Strasburg, Joel Zumaya and Kerry Wood.

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I was delighted to see that one of the A’s invitees to the Arizona Fall League is left-handed pitcher Carlos Hernandez. Carlos was a teammate of my son’s on the Santa Clara High School team that made a Cinderella run to the CCS Division One finals in 2005. Carlos is 9-5 with a 4.43 ERA for Midland in the Double-A Texas League.

Carlos was the best high school pitcher I’ve seen in person — he had unbelievable control. I can’t remember him walking anybody in his senior season. He and fellow left-hander David Berner led Santa Clara HS that year, and David is now pitching for the Lancaster JetHawks, the Astros California League club. David is 5-5 with a 3.18 ERA and 12 saves as a reliever.

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War of the Roses update: the Dodgers owners, the McCourts, are now scuffling over a post-nuptial agreement. The question is whether Jamie McCourt will be filthy rich, or dripping rich.

Don’t get me started about divorce laws, in the top five of the Most Unjust Things in our society. But in the present-day economy, is there a single solitary homo sapien who has one millimeter of sympathy for either of these ridiculous people ? It’s further proof that untold riches don’t make you boob-proof. Unless they’re fake boobs.

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War of the Roses Update, Part II:

So, Tiger has an apartment in Manhattan. According to “People” magazine, he’s been spotted introducing himself to the neighbors, ‘cuz he’s a friendly guy, a week removed from his divorce. Never figured Tiger as the New York City type, but talk about a target-rich environment…

Could Rachel Uchitel be part of that environment ?

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One Response to “It’s Go Time”

  1. chris Says:

    Yes it is go time for the giants right now but they have to get consistent starting pitching from lincecum and zito. Look sanchez is too up and down and bumgarner can not consistently be relied upon. So right now the giants have to win within their division. All season long they have had a problem but at the beginning of colorado series 25 of 31 were left against the west. right now they have to go 4-3 or 5-2 every week to guarantee a shot at the west

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