The victory in Colorado today was gigantic, because the Giants will be lucky to win one game in St. Louis. They better hope the Dodgers go on a losing streak at the same time. Tim Lincecum was good today but not great. If he had been pitching against the Cardinals he would have lost. Giving up five walks in six innings is unacceptable, He threw over a 100 pitches in this start. He was fortunate to win. The defense helped him today.
Matt Cain will pitch the opening game in St. Louis, but I expect him to not last six innings. He has not been the same since the perfect game, and he will probably end up with about 15 wins this year. The Giants need to rest the bull pen, but it will not happen tomorrow. Can Hunter Pence continue to hit consistently? When will Posey go cold? If he does Cabrera and Pence will need to stay hot. Keep Sandoval on the bench and deal him next year. He is injury prone and will never be able to help the Giants.
In regards to the Pablo trade idea....
I think the other option is to get him back to an ideal playing weight again and let him hit the sh1t out of the ball. I won't give up on him unless you could find a young solid player. Remember Pablo is still very young and his contract is considered cheap. He MUST be in shape. No more excuses! Stop eating them buffets!