What's Going on in San Francisco?

6/24/13 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are sure as hell not playing up to standards these days.  Currently sitting at 38-37, 2nd place in the NL West, the Giants have not resembled the team that completely dominated the majors in almost every pitching statistic over the last three seasons. 

Instead, their starting pitching is faltering, bullpen is patchy and the Disabled List is plentiful. Matt Cain's ERA is above 4.50 while for his career, he sits at 3.35. But not to worry, it isn't like Cain just signed a 6-year, $126 million deal mid-2012. 

Blog Photo - What's Going on in San Francisco?Tim Lincecum is struggling this season yet again. Yes, Timmy completely annihilated the competition coming out of the bullpen last postseason, but no one has forgotten his worst season as a professional leading up to that historic run...because this year looks like a repeat. Lincecum is currently 4-7 with a 4.52 ERA, yielding 85 hits in the 89 innings he's pitched this season. 

Now let's get to bigger numbers. In each of the following statistical categories, the Giants were ranked in the top 5 from 2010 - 2012, but as of today, San Francisco just ain't what they used to be.

ERA: 4.07 (18th)
BAA: .250 (14th)
Quality Starts: 34 (23rd)
WHIP: 1.31 (16th)

There's always a silver linning, however. The Giants were notoriously a poor offensive team over the last few years despite their postseason success, but this season they are ranked 3rd in the MLB in team batting average (.273) as well as 10th in on base percentage (.325). 

If the Giants have any chance at a repeat, their pitching needs a shot in the arm, leg and neck - a quick shock to remind them who they used to be, because it wasn't that long ago.
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