Tonight’s Game: Giants (81-72) Vs Padres (64-89) at Tony Gwynn Park, 7:40 pm (Thanks a lot Padres!)
Albert Suarez (3-4, 4.16) vs Edwin Jackson (4-6, 6.00)

The Starting Lineups

1. Span CF
2. Pagan LF
3. Posey C
4. Pence RF
5. Belt 1B
6. Nunez 3B
7. Panik 2B
8. Adrianza
9. SS Suarez P

1. Jay CF
2. Asuaje 2B
3. Myers 1B
4. Schimpf 3B
5. Dickerson LF
6. Renfroe RF
7. Hedges C
8. Sardinas SS
9. Jackson P

The Giants take on the Padres tonight in San Diego at 7:40 Pacific. For us East-Coasters, that is a late start. SurfMaui is coming over to my place for the pajama party. I will have coffee and Greek butter cookies on hand.

The Last Time the Giants Faced Edwin Jackson Things Were Not Pretty

After last night’s nail-biter, our baseballers from San Francisco will try to wake up those somnambulant bats with a dose of Edwin Jackson. The veteran journeyman (all of 33 years-old) is known for his fastball and his stature on the mound). The last time he faced the Giants he beat them into submission with his junk-ball varietals… It was a most mind-numbing performance watching the Giants go down so meekly against a pitcher no other team in the Major Leagues even wanted. Since then Jackson has given up 12 home runs in 72 innings pitched with a WHIP of 1.61 and an opponent’s batting average of .292.

The Padres have played well in the second half and are in full youth movement mode. Rich in promising talent with players like Ryan Schrimpf, Will Myers, Hunter Renfroe, and Carlos Asuaje, this is a team that may turn into a legitimate threat in the National League West in future years.

For the Giants, Albert Suarez is primed to take that Vogelsong leap from MLB scrap heap pickup to rotation mainstay. The big burly right-hander possesses a respectable fastball and represents a chance for the Giants to claim a dominant rotation.

Some Questions

  1. Is Joe Panik finally out of his slump?
  2. How hurt is Buster Posey?
  3. When will the Padres finally figure out a proper color scheme for their branding?
  4. Who will be in center field for the Giants?

Every game is a playoff game now. The Cardinals got humbled by Jake Arrieta and the Cubs earlier today which means our Giants and the New York Mets are tied for the first spot in the Wild Card while St. Louis is one game behind.