Rockies Giants BaseballFor some, it seems almost unfair that baseball season and football season overlap for the last final month and a half (including the playoffs) of our old national pastime’s six-month death march.  Many a wife or girlfriend, having sacrificed Saturday night to college football, all day Sunday to the NFL, and Monday night to the heroics of Thomas Edward Brady Jr., were quite frankly aghast to see their beau casually flip on the Yankees game last night (more on that below).

But baseball is indeed marching on, and the playoff race in the National League wild card has heated up quite a bit in the last couple of days.  The San Francisco Giants trounced the wild-card leading Colorado Rockies yesterday for the second straight night, giving hope to baseball diehards in the Bay Area, South Florida, and Atlanta.  The Giants got a strong performance from pitcher Barry Zito (pictured above), who struck out nine in seven innings, en route to a 10-2 win.  Colorado pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who had been Colorado’s best hurler in the second half of the season, gave up seven runs in less than three innings, doing his part to keep fans of the Giants, Florida Marlins, and Atlanta Braves interested in the final month of the season.  The Giants now trail the Rockies in the wild card race by a mere 2.5 games (Colorado’s lead had swelled to 6.5 games just last week), while the Marlins and Braves are now 4.5 and five games back, respectively.

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“The wild card is still Colorado’s to lose, but the pitching staffs in San Francisco, Atlanta and Florida are so strong.  I think any one of the three can make a run.”

San Francisco, Florida and Atlanta have three of the strongest pitching rotations in baseball, while Colorado is a team that relies on its offense to win games.  One of baseball’s axioms is that pitching wins championships, so citing the strong rotations of these three teams will make you look pretty damn smart.