Now that their long and injury plagued road trip is finally over, the San Francisco Giants are back at AT&T Park with first place in the NL West in their crosshairs. They'll begin their 12 game home stand against the San Diego Padres, although their matchup means much less to the Pads this year than it did in 2010.
Every game between these teams last season was a dogfight; clawing and scratching at each other down to the final game of the season for the NL West title. This year, the Giants need to topple their rivals from down South to keep up with or ecliple the Diamondbacks, currently holding a one game lead over the Black and Orange. But 22 of the Giants last 35 games are at AT&T, a place where they sport a 35-25 record this year.
The Padres will have to deal with back-to-back All Stars in this two game set as Matt Cain will take on Mat Latos in game one in a meeting off the Matts, while Tim Lincecum will take the bump in game two to take on Tim Stauffer for a battle of the Tims. San Diego is coming off of a sweep against the Marlins, and are winners of eight of their last 12 games, while the Giants have lost five of their last six series, and in a bit of a freefall. Hopefully some home cooking can change their ways a bit.