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And You Were Worried About The Pitching! (I’m Still Sorta Worried About The Pitching)

May 13, 2013
Because. That's why.

Because. That’s why.

If the early-season struggles of the starting rotation were an ill-advised jalapeno burger at 4am, the last three games were a Costco-sized bottle of Mylanta. Cain, Bumgarner, Lincecum: 22 IP, 3 ER, 25 K. Yes.

Yes, yes, yes.

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So it’s easy to kick back and assume the ship has been righted. Our brief national nightmare is over. Good pitchers pitch well. End of story.

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Except, you know, probably not. Right now, the Giants’ five starters fall into four categories:

Awesomely awesome

Madison Bumgarner

Some rough outings but probably still awesomely awesome

Matt Cain

Occasionally awesome, occasionally awful and probably gonna stay that way

Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum

Maybe just awful now, hopefully not, but…oh geez

Ryan Vogelsong

So. On any given trip through the rotation we can expect one of the following permutations:

Awesome/awesome/awesome/awesome/awful

Awesome/awesome/awesome/awful/awful

Awesome/awesome/awful/awful/awful

The first is, obviously, the ideal. It’s what got us two shiny rings in three years. The second is acceptable, provided the offense continues to be inoffensive. The third is…eesh. And that’s assuming another season of perfect health, an “ass out of you and me” proposition if ever there was one.

Which brings us to the intriguing, Major League-ready arms we don’t have in the farm system. Of the Giants’ top-ten prospects, Chris Heston is the only starting pitcher currently playing above A-ball. His ERA, as of this writing, is 6.18. A trade is possible (Andrew Baggarly recently floated a familiar name) but that’s pure speculation.

Nope, for now the Giants are gonna dance with the girls that brung ’em. Maybe it’ll all work out. (See: 2010 & 2102, autumns of.) But, while fun, the last three games didn’t erase the gnawing feeling in my gut.

Then again, maybe it’s just the jalapeno burger.

Seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Seemed like such a good idea at the time.

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