Well it appears the Giants are in the middle of yet another enormous October collapse. Needing to win only one of the three games (or a fourth tie-breaker, if necessary), Matt Cain was shelled last night. The Padres don't even know how to score six runs in a game, and the pitching staff that led the majors in September ERA since 1965 (1.76) is coughing it up. Today, Barry Zito walked in two runs in the first inning, and was touched for two more by the fourth. Sanchez goes tomorrow.
The ultimate collapse could be to have the Braves lose 2 of 3 to the Phils and tie the Giants/Padres for the wild card. The Giants could lose the division to the Padres in a tie-breaker on Monday and lose the wild card to the Braves in a tie-breaker on Tuesday. Wednesday morning the Giants magic number would still be one, but with no games left to play. It would re-set to 163 for the 2011 season. I just hope one of the most unbelievable collapses in history doesn't happen. If the Braves are swept this weekend, then the Giants will back-door a playoff position no matter how many games they lose. So, Go Phillies!