Giants look to keep momentum going into 2nd half

By Jeremy Harness

foxsports.com file photo by Darren Hartwell: Former San Diego Pitcher Drew Pomeranz now with the Boston Red Sox

The Giants have gotten off to their second best start in San Francisco franchise history, and now, it’s time for the team to build on the positive momentum that they have generated over the past three-plus months. The Giants best start in their San Francisco franchise history is held by the 1993 team under manager Dusty Baker when they started 60-30. In that unforgettable season they missed the playoffs by one game losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers  during a four game series played the last four games of the regular season.

While the starting pitching appears to be in excellent shape and ready to go for the stretch run, the team will likely look for help in the bullpen – another major strength in the team’s winning three World Series crowns in five years – as the league’s trade deadline nears.

The Giants have battled injuries in that bullpen, which is a major reason why the team may look to bolster that part of its game.

They are set up very well to hit the ground running as the second half of the season gets ready to kick off.

The way things have been going between the two teams in recent years, the Giants are almost guaranteed a good start to the second half of the season. They will travel to San Diego for a three-game series against the Padres that starts Friday night.

The Padres were expected to become sellers at around this year’s trade deadline, and they already started that process by sending away starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz, so they are even more depleted of talent than they were as the Giants were beating up on them early on this season.

The Giants will need to take advantage of this three-game series, because they will be tested by two of the prolific teams in the American League East. They will then head across the country to take on the Red Sox in Boston’s Fenway Park for two games before heading to New York to face the Yankees.

From there, they will return to NL play at AT&T Park, as they take on the Cincinnati Reds followed by the Washington Nationals.

 

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