I posted this on twitter yesterday, but the idea of the Giants succeeding where the Dodgers failed two years in a row is disturbing. Not only by beating the same team that stymied the Dodgers two years in a row (and in crushing fashion), but with some marginal players. Juan Uribe, who’s having an outrageously good year. Aubrey Huff, who has somehow rediscovered his talent from Tampa Bay. Andres Torres, who was cast off by several teams and somehow became good as a Giant.
Worse yet is Cody Ross.
Dodger fans remember Ross as that marginal fifth outfielder who struggled for playing time against Jason Repko. Somehow, he keeps burning the Dodgers.
After fighting for playing time with the Marlins in 2007 and 2008, he found some time in a series against the Dodgers in mid-May, 2009. In those three games in Florida, he went 4 for 8 with two home runs and two walks. Though it was early in the season, his season line went from .207/.242/.339 to .225/.268/.411, a .100-point jump in OPS. The Dodgers lost 2 of 3 in the series. He’s always been a streaky hitter, I guess.
I dunno why, but he’s branded himself in my memory since then.
As a member of the Giants this post-season–and remember, he was only acquired so the Padres couldn’t claim him–he’s done pretty well for himself, including hitting three home runs in the National League Championship Series. That’s two against Roy Halladay and one against Roy Oswalt. He is not, as we say, fucking around.
Only time I’d root for the Phillies is when they’re facing the Giants and this happens.
The good news is that Dodger fans get to look forward to the huge regression the Giants will face next year between losing Huff and Uribe and their offense likely won’t be carried by Posey, Torres and a rapidly declining Sandoval.
Effin’ Cody Ross.