I made it up to San Jose along with our photographer extraordinaire Will Lester. It’s a beautiful day in the South Bay: warm, clear skies a bit of a breeze from right to left at San Jose Municipal Stadium.
Here’s a tale of the tape between the Quakes and San Jose Giants, as they prepare for Game 1 of the Cal League Championship Series tonight.
Regular season record: Quakes 78-62; San Jose 76-64
Head-to-head record: Quakes 4 wins, San Jose 2 wins.
How they got here: Quakes won 2nd half South title, beat the Mavericks (2-0) and Lake Elsinore (3-1); San Jose won 1st half North title, had first-round bye, then beat Modesto (3-0).
Franchise trips to the Finals since the Quakes moved to Rancho Cucamonga in 1993: Quakes 3rd; San Jose 9th.
Championships since 1993: Quakes 1; San Jose 5
Last Championship: Quakes 1994, San Jose 2009
Head-to-head in the playoffs: San Jose won the only other head-to-head matchup beating the Quakes in the 1998 finals, 3-1
Parent club all-time matchups: Angels (Quakes parent club) defeated the San Francisco Giants (San Jose’s parent club) in the 2002 World Series.
2010 Team batting average: Quakes .278 batting average (tied 3rd in league); San Jose .289 (2nd)
Runs scored: Quakes 738 (5th); San Jose 739 (4th)
Home runs: Quakes 117 (tied 6th); San Jose 117 (tied 6th)
Stolen bases: Quakes 197 (2nd); San Jose 208 (1st)
ERA: Quakes 4.26 (2nd); San Jose 4.27 (3rd)
Strikeouts: Quakes 1116 (4th); San Jose 1025 (8th).
Walks: Quakes 426 (3rd); San Jose 437 (4th).
Team defense: Quakes .980 fielding percentage (1st, league record); San Jose .976 (2nd)
My prediction: These teams are extremely close. Quakes in 5.