San Francisco Giants Madness: 13-16 Seeds Announced
In nine seasons with the Giants, Sergio Romo won three World Series as a member of the famed “Core Four” with Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla. His numbers overall were the best of the group which is why he finds his way onto this bracket. His career 2.58 ERA over 515 games included 84 saves. His most impressive save came on the biggest stage, striking out Miguel Cabrera looking to win the 2012 World Series.
Romo gave up 8 career runs in the post-season but 3 came in his first ever series and three came in his final series. Meanwhile, Romo struck out 22 and only walked 3 for a 0.900 WHIP. His struggles in 2016 should not overshadow all he accomplished in nine seasons in the Giants bullpen.
Bob Knepper pitched seven seasons for the Giants, beginning and ending his career in San Francisco. His first five seasons and final two seasons were in orange and black, retiring in 1990. His best season as a Giant came in 1978, finishing 17-11 with a 2.63 ERA and 6 shutouts. Over 260 innings, he maintained a 1.165 WHIP while striking out a career high 147. He pitched 15 seasons overall in the big leagues, but his time with the Giants in the late 1970’s are some of his most memorable.
Stu Miller is best remembered for possibly being blown off the mound at Candlestick Park while pitching. I say possibly because it has become as much legend as reality from the foggy memories of baseball’s past.
"The Stu Miller incident remains in that hazy realm where memory, exaggeration and the desire for the best possible story come together to forge baseball lore. ~ KQED Reporter Jon Brooks"
What’s sometimes forgotten is the pitch came at Candlestick Park representing the team in the All-Star game and that he was a very good pitcher for the Giants from their opening season in San Francisco in 1958 to their first trip to the World Series on the West Coast in 1962.
Atlee Hammaker may also be best remembered for his appearance in an All-Star game. In the bottom of the third inning of a 2-1 game, Hammaker preceded to give up 7 runs including the only grand slam in All-Star game history to Fred Lynn. His 94.50 ERA is something he will always be remembered for.
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Despite the All-Star game debacle, Hammaker pitched eight seasons with the Giants. Over 1078.2 innings pitched, Hammaker maintained a 3.66 ERA. Regardless of how well he pitched over those eight years, however, it’s his post-season performances that stick out more. In the 1987 and 1989 post-seasons, he struggled in limited action. in 11.1 innings pitched, he gave up 11 runs for a 8.74 ERA. Ultimately, Hammaker is best remembered for what he didn’t do well, but that doesn’t change the fact that he did pitch well for most of his eight years in San Francisco.
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Be sure to check back next week for our reveal of the 9-12 seeds. We will be revealing the San Francisco Giants that made the brackets all month as we get closer to the one seeds and Spring Training. Use the hashtag #SFGiantsMadness to search for all of the match-ups throughout March and April.