Game 4 lookahead: Staying positive

There are lots of things that we can look back on when you lose.

And Game 3 of the World Series is no different.

But we don’t want to linger over things like, oh, another sub-par outing from Jonathan Sanchez, the idea of a Sanchez-Colby Lewis rematch in Game 7 if the series goes that deep, the fact the Giants could not get to the Rangers bullpen Saturday, or that the Giants couldn’t get on the board early, or the platinum sombrero for Pat Burrell.

No,no. We are going to stay positive.

So here are reasons to be positive about the Giants in the World Series.

  • The Giants still lead the series 2-1. If you had told us going into the Series that the Giants would be up 2-1 after three games, we’d take it.
  • If you told us a month ago that the Giants would still be playing on Halloween, we’d take that, too.
  • The Giants need two wins to take the title and have starts coming from Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.
  • With the Giants not facing a clinching win on Sunday, I won’t have to worry watching the game on Sunday night and having to get up every so often to go to the front door and yell “Will you kids stop ringing my doorbell! Don’t you know the Giants are about to clinch their first World Series title in 56 years?!?!?!”
  • The Giants are 7-1 in their past eight Game 4s of a best-of-7 series.
  • The Giants will face Tommy Hunter in Game 4, not Cliff Lee. After making his 2010 debut on June 5, Hunter opened the season 8-0 with a 2.31 ERA. After that, he went 5-4 with 5.08 ERA.
  • Hunter is 7-0 at home, but six of those wins came in that 8-0 start.
  • In the postseason, he’s 0-1 with 6.34 ERA. He’s failed to pitch into the fifth inning in either start.
  • Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ Game 4 starter, was 6-3 with 1.91 ERA in road starts this season. He gave up 2 earned runs in six innings in his lone postseason road start.
  • It’s Halloween Night, a night made for black and orange!!!

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