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Giants @ Marlins, 5/30

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Beede (0-1, 7.64 FIP) vs. Alcantara (2-5, 4.62 FIP)

Chicago Cubs v Miami Marlins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

So, here we are at the final game of this series. All that stands between the Giants getting swept by the Marlins and not getting swept by the Marlins is Tyler Beede. The reason we watch baseball is because of its unpredictability. The seemingly impossible is possible and it happens more often than we think.

Working against the idea that the Giants could salvage a win in this series and snap a 7-game losing streak is the fact that there are a lot of moving parts involved in such an outcome:

  • Tyler Beede needs to pitch a quality start
  • the Giants’ offense needs to score more runs than the Marlins’
  • the tired bullpen needs to hold a lead until the very end

There’s a lot working against the Giants, and their 26-54 record since September 1, 2018 doesn’t encourage me. It’s also really early (for me) and I’d rather be in bed than watching this one. Alas.

LF — Curtis Granderson
RF — Garrett Cooper
3B — Brian Anderson
1B — Neil Walker
2B — Starlin Castro
CF — Harold Ramirez
SS — Miguel Rojas
C — Bryan Holaday
SP — Sandy Alcantara

2B — Joe Panik
C — Stephen Vogt
1B — Pablo Sandoval
LF — Brandon Belt
3B — Evan Longoria
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Kevin Pillar
RF — Mike Yastrzemski
SP — Tyler Beede

A sweep today brings Bruce Bochy’s record versus Don Mattingly down to 58-57 ahead of their final series against each other September 13-15. Now... it’s no guarantee that either or both managers will still be leading their respective teams come September, but baseball is unpredictable. You just never know...