Keeping up their pace of the season so far, the San Francisco Giants scored almost at will last two games, running up six runs in each of those contests. But, as has become their pattern, six wasn’t enough. The Colorado Rockies notched 18 hits on Wednesday and 13 yesterday, resulting in losses of 10-6 and 11-6, respectively. Even granting that Coor’s Field is a hitters park, those numbers are unacceptable.
The Giants pitchers have now run up a dismal 4.65 ERA, which is the eighth-worst in baseball. Their WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) is 1.49, tied for third worst in the sport. (Interestingly, the two teams lower than them are the D-Backs and the Padres, division rivals, which may explain why they remain tied for first despite this abysmal pitching.)
I’ve talked before about their offense, which has been explosive. Today, a couple of newish stats caught my eye. With runners in scoring position, the Giants are hitting a third-best .379 and with that situation and two outs, they lead baseball with a .395 average! So they are hitting well, hitting in the clutch, and still getting beaten by their terrible pitching.
Here’s the last standings by my new stats:
But now that we have enough games in the bag, I realize I need to change this up a bit. What I really need are four categories:
GWP (Games Won by Pitching)
GWO (Games Won by Offense)
GLP (Games Lost Thanks to Pitching)
GLO (Games Won by Offense)
Ultimately I may have to add a fifth category for games won or lost where neither pitching nor offense was the primary explanation.
So catching up with the team as of today, here are the new standings, which I’ll continue to track through the season. A reminder: my thesis is that the Giants will win more games with hitting than they win with pitching this season. Conversely, they will lose more on poor pitching than on anemic offense.
GWP GWO GLP GLO
2 4 2 2
So my first premise is holding nicely; my second one is, as they say in politics, “too close to call.”
Stay tuned. It’s the Dodgers again tonight.