Could this be the year of another Giants-A's Battle of the
Bay World Series? If you recall 1989 we
had just such a series, interrupted by an earthquake and ending with a (horrible)
sweep by the Bash Brother A's.
The Giants are now 8-1/2 games up and it's a foregone
conclusion they'll win the west as the Dodgers continue to flounder, while
LIncecum, Bumgarner and Zito return to top form and Pagan, Posey, Pablo, Pence
and Pill (the Prodigious P's?, P-power?
Pee at the plate?) keep up the offense.
The more surprising
team would have to be the A's. Face it,
if someone offered you 30:1 odds early this year that the A's would even be in
the race you'd have still passed on the bet.
But they're doing it the way the A's have before, playing moneyball. The starters are collectively 55-46 and this
new kid Griffin could be the next big thing.
On offense they're winning with
guys who get on base, just like the moneyball era teams.
So who is going to stop these teams from facing each
other? The A's look to be get one of two
wild card slots where they will most likely face either the O's or the
Yankees. This is a one and done series
A's chances are just as good as either team.
In head to head matchups this year the A's lead the O's 5-4 and the
Yankees 4-3 (with a 4 game sweep in their last series). Beyond that it appears the toughest opponent
would be the Rangers and the A's are 6-6 against them, but those games were
mostly before the A's caught fire. While
it's no sure thing at all that the A's could get past the Rangers (or White
Sox) they certainly look like the team with momentum heading into October.
The Giants biggest hurdle would have to be the Nationals. The Nats are 5-1 against the Giants this
year, but 3 of those wins came during an early July slump. Since the All-Star break the Giants have been
a much better team, especially this past month when they've gone 19-9. The Giants head into the post-season with a
huge head of steam while the Nats. still flail around over the decision to shut
down Steven Strasburg. Plus, the Giants
have the experience factor on their side.
The entire starting staff (except Vogelsong, who probably won't start in
the post-season) were there in 2010 and know the pressure. The Nats haven't been there before and could
have the playoff-jitters. The Braves and
So are you ready for a World Series played only 10 miles
between ballparks, with an existing geographic rivalry (Giants fans are mostly
also 49er fans and A's fans are mainly Raider fans, and Raider-49er fans
despise each other), beautiful weather (October is when SF and Oakland actually
hit the 80 degree mark) and (hopefully) no earthquakes.