Monday, April 26, 2010
The Giants Four Horsemen
Tim Lincecum has been dominate again. Barry Zito has continued his resurgence that he showed in the second half of last season. Matt Cain hasn’t been as sharp as last season but has still been an above average pitcher who has been well Cained (Cained: a term named after Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain who often pitched beautifully but is stuck with a loss or no decision after a lack of run support) this season. Lastly Jonathan Sanchez who goes tonight has also been Cained this season (see one hitter and a loss) but has thrown two of the best games of the season for the Giants and deserves a whole lot better.
The combined stats of the 4 top starters is very impressive and I think is probably the best in the major’s right now (I haven’t looked but I feel pretty safe in saying so). At this point, I don’t think that I would want to see any of these pitchers go and we should feel pretty fortunate to have them in the orange and black.
They are a combined 8-2 with an ERA of 1.94 and a WHIP of 0.98 they have a combined 94 strike outs against 26 walks those break out to 8.7 strike outs per 9 innings and 2.41 Walks per 9 innings.
Imagine if they had a half decent fifth starter or a semblance of a mediocre offense to compliment this studly foursome. There have been 4 games this season where the pitching and defense have given up 4 runs or fewer and lost, that should be good enough to get a win but with this offense the margin of error is slim.
Hopefully this masterful pitching can continue with four strong arms at the front of the rotation the Giants should be in just about every game hopefully with some timely hitting the Giants can carry this into the post season and should make them a scary team to face.