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San Francisco Giants: Remembering the 1989 NL pennant winners

SAN DIEGO - JUNE: Kevin Mitchell #7 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch during a June 1988 game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - JUNE: Kevin Mitchell #7 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch during a June 1988 game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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1990: Pitcher Rick Reuschel of the San Francisco Giants winds up for the pitch. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport
1990: Pitcher Rick Reuschel of the San Francisco Giants winds up for the pitch. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport /

1989 San Francisco Giants: Starting Rotation and Bullpen

The Giants wrapped up the 1989 season with the third-lowest team ERA in the NL (3.30), despite something of a revolving door at the back of the rotation.

The first three spots on the staff were rock solid:

  1. RHP Rick Reuschel
  2. RHP Don Robinson
  3. RHP Scott Garrelts

That trio combined to go 43-24 with a 2.89 ERA in 93 starts.

Garrelts (14-5, 2.28 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) won the NL ERA title and finished sixth in Cy Young voting, while the 40-year-old veteran Reuschel (17-8, 2.94 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) finished eighth in the voting.

Mike LaCoss (18), Kelly Downs (15), Atlee Hammaker (9), Mike Krukow (8), Bob Knepper (6), Trevor Wilson (4), Dennis Cook (2), Dave Dravecky (2), Russ Swan (2), Jeff Brantley (1), Terry Mulholland (1) and Joe Price (1) all started at least one game behind that trio.

Meanwhile, the bullpen also had a number of reliable arms.

Craig Lefferts (20 SV, 2.69 ERA) and Steve Bedrosian (17 SV, 2.65 ERA) split closer duties, while future Hall of Famer Rich Gossage (4 SV, 2.68 ERA) also made an impact.

There were a lot of moving parts on this staff. It was plenty effective, though, especially pitching behind a high-scoring offense.

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