In a stunning offensive explosion, the Braves’ bats woke up, silenced their critics, turned a corner, didn’t try to do too much, brought out the brooms, and swept the Cubs because our pitching continues to be awesome despite the fact that our hitters thoroughly suck. The Giants are basically playing like the best team in the league right now, despite the fact that Pablo Sandoval is having one of his off-again years, slugging first baseman Brandon Belt has a broken thumb, and Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum have been worth negative WAR. They’re doing it because they’ve turned another Braves castoff into a valuable contributor — last time it was Gregor Blanco, this time it’s Brandon Hicks. What’s more, our old pal Tim Hudson is leading their staff in ERA. There are a lot of ifs on this roster: how long can Brandon Crawford and Brandon Hicks continue to hit better than they’ve ever hit before? How long can Michael Morse stay healthy? And what will they get from Cain and Lincecum? One thing is for sure, though: Posey was still out.
For tonight’s punk song, here’s one of the best bands from New York City covering one of the best bands from San Francisco: