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How An Appendix Alters The Playoffs

By Bryan Rose
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By now I’m sure you’ve heard – but if you’re late to the party, potential gold glove winning outfielder Andres Torres will be spending the night in a local San Diego hospital after an appendectomy earlier this afternoon.

Torres told trainers he felt “off” for the last two or three days and called them about 7 this morning, informing them of the excruciating pain he was experiencing. It was pretty clear to the medical staff what the pain was – and a short time later, Torres was admitted.

The procedure took place laproscopicly which is good news for both Torres and the Giants as it’s not nearly as invasive as going through the navel but Torres will still miss most of the regular seasons last few weeks.

Expectations are Andres will be available in 10-14 days, but that’s a best case scenario and he’d still need to have a few games to get back in rhythm, if you will. That might be too costly to the Giants who will almost undoubtedly be playing season altering games in the final days.

A real blow for the Giants – but something they must overcome.

As for this afternoon’s game, it was pretty epic. Consider this – Padres starter Mat Latos had not given up three earned runs or more since April. Yes, I suggest you read that again my little snowflake. I’ll wait.

All done? Fantastic.

So take pride in the fact that the Giants playing their biggest game of the year whooped on the Padres ace (who had tortured the Giants all season long prior in his four previous starts). After two quick K’s to start the game, Aubrey Huff (who was hitless versus Latos for his career: 0-12) lined a shot into right, setting the stage for Buster Posey. Posey took an outside pitch into the Petco Porch, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead and it only improved from there.

The Giants tagged Latos for five earned runs in only 4 innings – the second worst start of the season for the potential Cy Young winner. On the flip side, Tim Lincecum was impressive again, seemingly returning to form……we hope.

Lincecum’s control was on point and it was clear that mechanically he was very much improved, hitting speeds of 94 and 95 over the 100 pitch mark.

With the win, the Giants move into a virtual tie (percentage points behind San Diego) for first in the West. And even though the G-men have a well deserved off day tomorrow, whatever the case – the Giants will improve their positioning in the NL West as the Rockies host the Padres for a three game tilt starting tomorrow. The surging Rockies continued their streak today on a Jason Giambi walkoff (10 straight wins now…fucking cunts)…and only trail the Giants by 1.5 games.

Somebody is going to lose tomorrow, be it Colorado or San Diego – the Giants gain a half game on somebody, no matter the result. That’s a nice off day present.

19 to go folks. All tied up. Your starting center fielder missing with two water buffalo’s guarding the corners.

It’s never easy.

Giants baseball.

Torture.

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