SF Giants Problem #2: Suspect pitching
The Giants pitching across the board has been suspect at best this season. Ultimately, it has been far too inconsistent to see an October run in play.
There are a few games that come to mind, but it’s becoming too hard to count. The Giants offense has given the team leads early and late, ultimately for their pitching staff to give them away. The team could have a much better record if their bullpen could actually keep an edge when outs are more critical.
Along with this, the starting pitching has also had its moments of glory along with some awful ones. First-year manager Gabe Kapler has only accentuated their pitching struggles with a number of questionable decisions.
All of this together has left San Francisco 24th in the league in pitching. As a staff, they have a combined 5.16 ERA in 183 innings pitched. The team has allowed a total of 122 runs this season, with 105 earned. The fielding hasn’t been there to back up the pitchers like in past seasons but to still sit 24th in the league in pitching means the pitching has got to be better at covering those errors.
We’re not even halfway through this yet, and two of the most glaring problems are two of the essential parts of the game.
While solid pitching is needed to make the postseason, it must be great when you get to the postseason. The Giants are a long way off from both, and that’s one of the reasons they won’t qualify for the postseason in 2020.