The Giants are back in 4th and I feel fine
Not that the Giants will have a cakewalk with the Marlins as they get to face Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett, and A.J. Burnett, the Marlin's three best starting pitchers (and as a trio are light years better than the Mets trio). However, we are catching them at a good time as Dontrelle is having some problems as a starter lately (unfortunately for my fantasy team) plus has been blasted each time he has pitched at SBC, Beckett is coming off the DL having had 3 lousy starts out of his last 4 and watch his ERA jump from 2.58 to 3.35 and taking 3 losses, and Burnett has had 4 straight games of mainly poor outings (ERA from 3.14 to 3.68), though his last start was the best of the bunch, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 3 ER. But there is also steady trade rumors concerning him so it is possible that he could be traded by then and the Giants would face a lesser pitcher.
The cold 'Dres face the cold Phillies, but two of their best starters in Tejeda and Myers so that's a positive for us.
The D-backs are trying to recreate a Giants old-timers team. They just acquired Tim Worrell and had Matt Herges earlier in the season. They also have Royce Clayton and Jose Cruz. They get to face the Braves better starters in Hudson, Hampton, and Ramirez.
So the Giants could conceivably gain another game or two on the three teams above over the weekend if they can win 2 of 3, but are relying on Tomko, Hennessey, and Correia, no sure thing among the three, so we'll see what happens.
Lastly, shocking news reported by SI columnist Ken Rosenthal. Here is the text: "The Giants apparently were willing to trade Class AA righthander Merkin Valdez for Rockies righthander Jason Jennings, but the Rockies balked at the deal. "If he stays a starter, Valdez can at least be Pedro Astacio," one scout says. "I think you might be able to put him at the back end of the bullpen. He's got the body to be an Armando Benitez." Valdez is listed at 6-3 and 220 pounds, but the scout says he could carry 250. " First, Valdez for Jason Jennings? Is Merkin that bad??? Jennings haven't shown anything as a major leaguer and his road stats stinks as bad as his home stats. Second, Merkin Valdez got the body to be Armando Benitez??? Is this the same skinny bones starter I recall when the Giants first got him? And now he's being compared to Benitez? What are they feeding him?