2013 didn’t exactly go the way that we Giants fans had hoped.
Coming off of their second World Series win in three years, last year’s team finished a disappointing 76-86, tied with San Diego for third in the National League West. They’ve never been known as an offensive powerhouse, so perhaps the most surprising aspect of the season was the way the starting pitching struggled. San Francisco starters finished the season with a 4.37 ERA, seventh-highest in baseball. As a staff, they also allowed 106 homeruns and 332 walks.
“Last year, I thought we were dead, to be quite honest,” pitching coach Dave Righetti stated. “It was just a natural thing teams go through…Four years of grinding, every game meant something. All of a sudden, it was slipping from us physically, and we weren’t able to stay in touch.”
Right hander Ryan Vogelsong was perhaps the starter that struggled the most. He finished 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. In just 19 starts, Vogey allowed 15 homeruns and 38 walks....