Originally posted on The Giants Cove  |  Last updated 4/15/13
The 2013 season opening schedule for the World Champion San Francisco Giants looked like the it was put together as part of a blind tasting of Walmart brand vodkas. That might explain why the winners of the 2012 World Series, a) opened on the road in Los Angeles (I suppose because Modesto doesn't have an MLB team); b) were almost immediately sent on another road trip, this time to the frozen north (Chicago and Milwaukee); and, c) have an early stretch of 19 games and one off day. Welcome to the top of the MLB heap. Now pick up your gear and walk through the snow to the visiting dugout. The good news is the Giants converted their first 13 games into a 9-4 record thanks in large part to being on the right side of 6 games decided by 2 runs or less and throwing three shutouts at, variously, the Dodgers, the Cardinals, and the Rockies. As the ancient cliche goes, great teams are made in large part by dominating lesser teams throughout a given season. Play the real good teams
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