Well folks, this week's series in Zona could tell a lot about the future of the 2011 Orange an Black. Obviously, it's much too early to be overly worried, and we are still sitting on a good record at 37-29. However, a series loss or possible sweep to the upstart D Backs could further damage this team's already fragile demeanor.
Seeing Pablo in there tomorrow will be a refreshing sight, but someone else is going to have to produce in this lineup. I'm hoping the Panda will get back into a rhythm, possibly making some of the slumping infielders (Tejada, Huff, Whiteside, etc.) wake up. But if the wrist continues to nag Pablo, it could be another long month for this offense. I'll tell you this. I don't think it's going to be a walkover series at all. And it won't be an easy first game back for Pablo either. Josh Collmenter (tomorrow's AZ starter) has been very stingy lately, allowing only 4 ER in his last 41 IP. He doesn't walk many either (only 7 in 48 IP this year). So the Giants will have to swing the bat and make contact.
It'll be interesting to see what the lineup looks like with Pablo back. Will Huff play as much? Where will Tejada play? It would be nice to have Brandon Belt healthy these days, but I also don't think relying on the youngsters is a good idea for this team right now. At some point, Huff and the rest of the vets will have to pick it up. For now, though, let's just keep this pitching staff healthy and rolling, and keep scrapping runs. Should be an interesting series.... let's cross our fingers for an offensive outburst! Hum Babe Giants!