The Giants didn’t exhale. They weren’t flat. There was no letdown following their emotional victory in Los Angeles that capped a 19-game stretch against contenders. Back home Friday night, the Giants did what they were supposed to do against the worst team in the major leagues. They walloped the Braves 7-0 to move one game behind the first-place Dodgers, who lost to the Cubs in 10 innings. “Every game is huge right now. That’s the fun of it,” Hunter Pence said in a pregame moment as he got psyched for the game — and he didn’t even play because of a tight hamstring. “Every game is of the utmost importance.” Angel Pagan, the Giants’ hottest hitter, homered into the arcade. Joe Panik hit a two-run
The Rome Braves have had a stacked team this season, with some of the bigger prospects in the organization playing a big part in their turnaround. The pitching staff has been phenomenal with names like Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard, Max Fried, Touki Toussaint and the recently promoted Patrick Weigel coming of age and showing that the talent seen in them may be more than potential. Austin Riley is maturing into the best third base prospect in the system while being arguably the biggest bat on the pipeline behind a huge second half. Having taken in quite a few Rome Braves games this season, primarily to see the names above, a couple other prospects — though much lesser known — have shown steady improvement seemingly each and every time I visited State Mutual Field.
Going to try something a little different this week. Why would you click on a lineup advice column? You want sleepers, of course -- the names of players who you might not to think to start yourself. So I'm going to provide exactly that. Keep in mind what sleepers are at this stage of the game: short-term fixes for lineups that are broken in some way. None of these players are start-at-all-costs, so you shouldn't force them into your lineup over someone you've come to rely on. But if you've never found that someone or recently lost him, well, now you have somewhere to turn. To qualify for this list, a player must be owned in less than 80 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. Now that he's hitting