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San Francisco Giants: Closer Look at Offense and Pitching After Two Weeks

Jake Mastroianni
Apr 12, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view of AT&T Park as the Arizona Diamond Backs warm up prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view of AT&T Park as the Arizona Diamond Backs warm up prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 15, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore throws to the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore throws to the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Pitching

The Giants remain near the bottom of the National League as far as starting pitching ERA goes. They rank 12th with an ERA of 4.43 through the first two weeks of the season.

I really didn’t think the starting pitching was that bad in week two. Every starter went at least five innings, And in five-of-seven games the starting pitcher went at least six innings.

Matt Moore was brilliant in his first start of the week, giving up just one run in eight innings. But he regressed in his second start of the week giving up five runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings.

Jeff Samardzija also had two starts last week, and both were good but not great. He gave up 3 runs in 6.2 innings pitched in his first outing of the week, and 4 runs in seven innings on Sunday.

He gave up all four of the runs in his second start of the week in the first two innings, but then settled in nicely.

Other than Samardzija on Sunday, no starter gave up more than 3 runs in any outing.

Madison Bumgarner wasn’t great last week giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. But he did register his third quality start of the season in as many starts. He also leads the staff with 21 innings pitched and a 3.43 ERA.

Johnny Cueto, who gave up 2 runs in 7 innings during his lone start this past week, is the only other Giants starter with an ERA under four at 3.79.

The starting pitching is the least of my concerns at this time. I think they are all pitching well — not great — but they’re giving the team a chance to win every game.

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