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The Giants are playing good baseball against some decent teams.
The Dodgers, Cardinals and Rockies all have had good starts to the season and the Giants have hung in there. I’m not quite sure how.
Starting pitching has been weird – for the most part. Jonathan Sanch- I mean, Tim Lincecum wins his first start despite walking seven guys and Matt Cain allows nine runs in an inning after the ‘magical’ ring ceremony that was almost as long as the game itself.
Madison Bumgarner and Barry Zito though, have been spectacular. In the three total starts between them, their line looks like this:
20.2 innings pitched
2 ER, 15 K, 8 BB, 1 HR
3 Wins, 0 losses
With the Giants averaging only 2.7 runs per game in those starts, great pitching was vital for the Giants to win. Granted, the Giants bullpen never surrendered a run in 6 1/3 innings of relief, also contributing to the low-scoring wins.
Which brings me to my next point: Sergio Romo is an elite closer. There will be a whole other post on that later.
Cain has had a rough two starts. He has yet to win (that so like him) and had a terrible outing against the Cardinals. I expect him regaining control on the mound sometime soon.
On the hitting side, the Giants are doing quite well.
Hunter Pence has started hitting like Hunter Pence, proving he’s not only a pre-game speaker but a pretty darn good-middle-of-the-lineup-hitter. He has three homers so far, has put up an average of .300 and team-leading seventh RBI.
Pablo Sandoval has also been a guy hitting the ball well, hitting .345 with a pair of home runs and six RBI. Oh, and he has only struck out once. The only bad? He is fat. Like, really fat. As long as he keeps up his numbers, the weight issue is something I can ignore.
Angel Pagan has been a pleasant surprise from the lead-off spot, hitting .364 with five multi-hit games out of the first eight. Keep an eye out for him – his bat is still hot from the playoffs.
Brandon Belt has come back after missing the first few games due to an illness. He hasn’t done much with the bat but his defense has been stellar. So let’s give him that.
Alas, there is Buster Posey.
The Titan/God/Saint himself is in a little slump to start off the year. That’s okay, calm down. He just won the MVP of the National League and had a solid spring. He will be fine.
As a unit, the offense is looking great, the bullpen has shut teams down (minus George Kontos) and the starting pitching has been iffy.
The team heads to Chicago to take on the Cubs in Wrigley. Ryan Vogelsong will try to bounce back from his mediocre start in the (cold and) windy city.