That loser's going to be the Giants, because the Padres have become the new Pittsburgh Pirates - a team the Giants simply can't beat. It's like pitting Luffy versus Smoker. I mean, the Padres have won seven of the last eight games they've played with the Giants…that were held in Pac Bell Park. Sanchez is 0-3 against the Padres too, and since the Padres magically came out of their slump when October rolled around, I wouldn't be surprised if Latos dominates tomorrow. Even if Sanchez manages to keep the ship afloat, this would be a great time for the Giants hitting or the bullpen to fail.
The worst part is I can't blame Giants hitting, because scoring against the Padres is hard, and scoring in general for the Giants is rare. 4 runs yesterday was a lot, 2 runs today is great. It's just...the starting pitching failed when it was needed most.
I'm still shocked Matt Cain had a meltdown yesterday, I think most people were. Though I would have never thought things would have gotten as bad as they did, but I would have expected him to be worse for wear. I think following the precedent of "Lincecum went a day short on rest and did fine" was flawed logic, but I'm sure the real reason was because Zito sucks, and everyone knows it, so Bochy took a risk so he wouldn't have to take chances. Big mistake!
For most of the year, the Giants' starting pitching held the team up, and now that the hitting's gained some modicum of consistency...well, if the Giants survive into post-season, they're going to need better. Especially if they get shoe-horned as the wild-card and face Philadelphia.