It was a good thing that I was on a plane for nearly all of today's Giants game, because I'm not sure I would have been able to take it. But as it was, we disembarked just as the bottom of the ninth inning began, so I was treated to the most exquisite torture the team has offered since the historic 2010 season.
The way this postseason is going, the Giants definitely have as good a chance as anyone else to win the World Series. What they accomplished this week alone is pretty amazing - after getting clobbered at home in two consecutive games, there was absolutely no reason to think they had a chance to beat the Reds. But then, they won a game that they had no business winning. The Reds' pitching in Game 3 was dominant - the Giants could do nothing. And yet, they won. And that put into motion something that's never happened before.
In the NLCS, I suspect we'll see Tim Lincecum back in the rotation, partly because of how well he pitched in the NLDS in a relief role, and partly because Barry Zito demonstrated in Game 4 that he just isn't a reliable option. Washington had the team's number this year, but it's been months since they've played. If it's St. Louis, the Giants will have home field advantage. Either way, there's no reason to think they can't do it.
Orange October lives on.