Aug 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers roll into San Francisco for a three game series against the Giants

Fresh off of a winning series against the struggling Colorado Rockies, the San Francisco Giants will have to up their game if they are serious about winning this series. The National League Central leading Milwaukee Brewers have arrived at AT&T Park for a three game series which commences tonight.

The Giants currently hold the second wildcard spot and hence are very much looking to play in the postseason, but playing against good teams has been a real problem this season. They could prove us wrong against the Brewers.

The Brewers have been the surprise package of this year. In what is vastly considered the toughest division to play in right now, the Brewers have stormed it. They currently hold a one and a half game lead over the second place St. Louis Cardinals.

The Giants on the other hand, are currently chasing the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers, sitting four and a half games back. Thus, we certainly need some wins, and we need some wins now.

Probable Lineups

San Francisco Giants 

Angel Pagan

Joe Panik

Buster Posey

Pablo Sandoval

Hunter Pence

Michael Morse

Gregor Blanco

Brandon Crawford

Milwaukee Brewers

Carlos Gomez

Jonathan Lucroy

Ryan Braun

Aramis Ramirez

Khris Davis

Mark Reynolds

Scooter Gennett

Jean Segura

Pitching Matchups

Game one: Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.78 ERA) against Wily Peralta (15-8, 3.56 ERA) Wins mean nothing, fret not.

Game two: Jake Peavy (2-4, 3.18 ERA) against Mike Fiers (4-1, 1.54 ERA) Fiers has been very, very good recently. Be worried.

Game three: Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 3.02 ERA) against Kyle Lohse (12-7, 3.42 ERA) Another near perfection would be nice.

Conclusion

It’s going to be hard. Very hard. However, I’m quietly optimistic — our pitching has been amazing of late, and I fancy that to continue. The pitching matchups are very even, except game three because Bumgarner will dominate. Fingers crossed our offense will erupt. They showed some promising signs against the Rockies, let’s hope Posey and Pagan stay hot. Let’s hope everyone gets hot.

Just like every series at this stage of the season, it is make or break for the Giants, almost. Getting swept would almost certainly take the Giants out of the running for the West, and would hinder their wild card chances massively. It would puncture the fans, too. The Giants can’t afford to lose. The Giants won’t lose – I hope.

 

 

 

 

 

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