I Left My Playoff Hopes In San Francisco
As the Indians fade in their attempt to make it to the playoffs, so to go the Giants. With tonight’s 3 - 2 loss to the Padres, San Francisco sits at 6.5 games behind Arizona in the NL West and 7.5 games behind the Braves for the Wild Card. The Giants’ punchless offense has been well-documented thus far (refresher: they’re at the bottom in most categories), but it’s even more striking relative to how well the team has pitched. They’ve racked up 93 quality starts and .230 BAA, both good for first in the majors. Tonight was a pretty good example of this - Matt Cain went seven innings, giving up just the three runs while striking out seven. Cain is now 11 - 10 with a 2.84 ERA. Wins alone aren’t a great way to measure a pitcher’s value, but wins in this context paint a clear picture of how the season has gone for San Francisco.
Of course, he was met by Aaron Harang, who continued a solid season of his own. Harang matched the seven innings and gave up two less runs and improved to 13 - 5 with a 3.74 ERA. San Diego’s offense hasn’t been spectacular this year either, so I’m not even sure what to make of Harang’s numbers.