The San Francisco Giants had themselves a weekend, as they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks and are now just 2.5 games out of first place.
Sunday’s win over the Diamondbacks was a team effort and it was huge victory for the San Francisco Giants. Coming into Friday’s opener the Giants knew that this was a make or break series and they certainly showed up. This series was a huge telling of where the season is heading because if the Giants were swept, they would’ve been 8.5 games out of first place. Now only 2.5 games out of first place, the Giants will soon welcome back starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. With those two healthy arms, the Giants are a force to be reckoned with in the National League.
This team has battled all season long with injuries and has shown resilience every single time. Nick Hundley, the backup catcher to Buster Posey has been a huge boost to the team, as today he provided some offensive fire providing three hits. The Giants can afford to rest Posey when they have a backup like Hundley, who is arguably the best back up in the league.
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The starting rotation has been the big surprise this year, as guys who weren’t expected to contribute this season have made a significant impact.
Guys like Andrew Suarez and Dereck Rodriguez have been huge boosts to the rotation as well as Derek Holland, who always had potential but was always hindered by injuries. Holland, who struggled today has had the best ERA on the team over the past month. Suarez and Rodriguez pitched the other two games against the Diamondbacks and they pitched incredible in victories. It will be interesting how the rotation pans out once Samardzija and Cueto are back from injuries.
The Giants continue their road trip tomorrow against another National League West foe in the Rockies. Madison Bumgarner will toe the rubber and will look to keep up this momentum towards keeping pace in the National League West.