Originally posted by Garcia:
Originally posted by Niners99:
The Cards offense came into the series hitting just fine, and while they did have some flare ups of injuries, you have to credit our pitching as well. The Cards hitters were kept off balance most of the series, especially the last 3 games.
And the 1 er was allowed by the pitcher who was most dominant.
Going into the playoffs I was worried about the shaky SP, the somewhat depleted bullpen that never really got that needed addition outside Mijares, and the inconsistent offense.
Up until game 5, the SP was still looking really poor, but I think Zito's gem in game 5 got the ball rolling with our well documented knack for the rotation to feed off eachothers performance. Its like now each next guy just keeps the 0's coming to continue the trend.
The bullpen has gone from weakness to strength. Right now Romo, Lopez, Affeldt, even Casilla, etc. are LOCKED IN. I no longer fear handing the ball to the pen. They have been on point.
And up until the last 3 games, the offense was worrisome. Remember games 1 and 2 of the 2010 WS, and how a normally "average" offense in a pitchers park became a confident, run scoring machine? We clicked into that mode the last couple nights, and if it continues into the next series, we could be looking at the same blueprint of how we beat the Rangers. punch them in the mouth right of the gate at home, and they might not recover.