Found June 18, 2012 on Two Guys, a Glove and a Coke Bottle:
Losing a series to the Mariners is downright distasteful. Especially when you’ve been tantalizingly good recently. Like, sneaky good. Four of your five pitchers look like aces. Your hitters are healthy and not mired in Velezian slumps. These are the series to win. But they didn’t. So I rant. Thoughts from the weekend series at SafeCo. Safeco? Fine. Lincecum: The Giants are 2-12 in games started by their beleaguered star. At our last meet, my partner Danny berated me for using team wins and losses to evaluate a pitcher’s performance. He made the sensible point that many variables affect whether or not a team wins a particular game. The pitcher’s actual performance is key, but a lack of run support and poor defense can marginalize even the best outing. While stroking his imaginary beard, Danny informed me that the way he evaluates starting pitchers is “quality starts versus games started”. Quality. What a concept. So I cracked my knuckles, bore down and hit the ole interwebs. And when...
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