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It's back to business Tuesday for the Florida Gators. I was terrified. The club was coming off of a historic 52-9 run over a 61-game stretch. In seven of the last eight seasons, the Giants have opened on the road against either the Dodgers or the Arizona Diamondbacks. We all know nobody will care that much about their streaky nature if they accomplish the one goal that all baseball teams ultimately set out to accomplish. Also, circle that May 7-10 series with the Phillies. Some of the areas feared to be affected worst came out better than expected, while the damage in the Florida Keys was described as "devastating" by Gov. Rick Scott.

Righty Hunter Strickland worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and closer Sam Dyson pitched around a walk in the ninth for his 13th save. "They would replay the game until a legitimate won or loss result was achieved". Suddenly a losing streak that really seemed to really get rolling with a doubleheader loss to San Diego on Sept. 2 has reached mind-boggling proportions. It's weird, and makes for a sort-of six-game series. The team dropped five consecutive contests at the end of August, which included getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks out in the desert. This was evident Sunday night when Francisco Lindor hit what was ultimately the game-winning home run, and did so with a smile on his face. Cueto holds a 1.37 WHIP with 112 strikeouts in 126 innings. The Giants believe Hector Neris threw at Buster Posey last month, and it's a pretty good bet they'll do something about that. They are now a team riddled with doubt and searching for answers, a team whose pitching staff is now walking more opposing hitters, giving up more homers and allowing more baserunners to reach home than earlier in this season. Join the Venom Strikes team!

Meanwhile, Florida will be back in action, and after these last few days, it's a welcomed diversion, even if the same questions that hovered over the Gators a week ago remain. Only five teams have tied or bested their 17-win single-season run in MLB history, including the 1916 Giants (26, including a mid-streak tie), 1935 Cubs (21), 1947 Yankees (19), 1953 Yankees (18), and 2002 Athletics (20). They will do so for the sixth straight year, finishing with three games against the Dodgers at AT&T Park on the final weekend of September. The Giants are a +210 underdog and the over-under is 6.5. The injuries to the offensive line have left them in dire straits. They rallied once, twice and then a third time, but still lost their 16th in 17 games.

Despite the fact that we are still in first place (as of this writing), it's tough to be a Dodger fan right now.

Mother Nature put on a show far more impressive than any the Dodgers have put on lately.

Jay is a local and like me, he pulled an audible after the rain delay and booked it to the ballpark.

Granderson is priced at $2,800 on FanDuel tonight, and numberFire's models have him as a decent value in this one, projecting him for 10.1 fantasy points. After the season-opening series in Los Angeles, the next four trips are three-city swings.

Notice all of that was in past tense. But what I have seen instead is a brutal nosedive into the earth as the regular season's conclusion nears, and a pressure-packed postseason commences.

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