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Giants vs. Cardinals, 7/5

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Pomeranz (2-8, 6.25 ERA) vs. Hudson (6-4, 3.40 ERA)

Washington Nationals v San Francisco Giants

Bruce Bochy is still at peace with his decision to retire at season’s end.

A reporter asked Bochy, 64, on Friday if the Giants’ winning streak has made him reconsider his retirement decision.

“Yeah, if I had known I’d get 10 runs a game or close to it, I’d do this for a lot longer,” Bochy cracked. “But no, all kidding aside, I’m good with it.”

Good for him. Really, he’s retiring at 65. That sounds about right.

Before all that happens, though, he’ll still have to slog through the second half of what will be another miserable season... unless... this 39-47 team could make... a... run... at...

... the...


No, no. I can’t do it. I won’t do it. The Giants are 6.5 games out of nothing. There are, literally, 11 other teams in the National League better than them. The crucible of the regular season will burn away a team like the Giants: it already has for the past three seasons.

Anyway, what’s up with the Cardinals? Plenty of injuries, sure, but lots of underperformance up and down the roster, particularly with their starting pitching (bullpen has been solid). Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina are showing their age, and Paul Goldschmidt hasn’t gotten it going until this weekend.

But rest assured, the Cardinals have found some shocking young replacement talent to help them muddle through until the team can make a run. One of those depth pieces leads off:

3B — Tommy Edman
RF — Jose Martinez
SS — Paul DeJong
1B — Paul Goldschmidt
LF — Tyler O’Neill
CF — Dexter Fowler
C — Matt Wieters
2B — Kolten Wong
SP — Dakota Hudson

LF — Brandon Belt
C — Buster Posey
1B — Pablo Sandoval
RF — Alex Dickerson
3B — Evan Longoria
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Kevin Pillar
2B — Joe Panik
SP — Drew Pomeranz

The Giants have won four in a row and five of their last six. Their last loss came in Drew Pomeranz’s last start. He was great — 7 K in 5 IP, no runs — but, hey, look at that: he goes tonight. He’s not faced most of this Cardinals lineup before, but he has faced Goldschmidt, who’s 6-for-12 against him with a home run.