The Giants very strange defense of their World Series title continued yesterday in San Diego. Once again a starting pitcher (this time Matt Cain) pitched well.
Once again the starting pitcher got a no decision and it went into extra innings.
Once again a reliever got the win.
I am convinced that Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Jonathan Sanchez will continue to put up wonderful numbers… except in the win column.
The Giants are going to win the West. Right now they are tied for the Phillies for the biggest lead in any Division. And the Giants rotation is the only one in baseball that can match up with the Phillies.
But I would LOVE to see the Giants finish the year with their aces winning 12-13 games, thus creating the illusion to those who just glance at the win-loss record that San Francisco’s rotation is inferior.
I want Wilson and Lopez to each get to double digit wins. Preferably more than their All Star pitchers.
Imagine at the end of the year hearing “Brian Wilson led the team with 13 wins and Javier Lopez was second with 12. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain had 11 wins. Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner each had 10.”
Then you get to smoke out which commentators are lazy and say “A down year for the Giants starters” etc.
Think that is crazy?
Have you been WATCHING the Giants?
Have you been noticed how many times the announcers say “A great start for [INSERT GIANTS STARTER HERE] but no run support”?
Have you seen how many games end with a mob at home plate after a walk off win?
Have 6 more walk offs go as wins for Brian Wilson… bam! There’s 12 wins right there.
5 extra inning wins go to Lopez… and that’s 10 for Lopez.
And that’s 11 decisions NOT going to the rotation.
Throw in a fluke win here and a vulture win there and they could get up to 12-13 wins.
All that matters to a Giants fan is to pile up wins, no matter how odd they come about.
The Giants have played 15 extra inning games and 38 one run games.
So pile up the wins, Javier and Brian.
Lead the team… and make the other teams feel complacent
It’s a hell of a way to defend a title.