Nobody scores against the Giants this month, so who is it exactly that’s pitching so well for San Francisco? Pretty much everyone.
Here’s what San Francisco pitchers have done overall for the month and their numbers at the start of September (nothing in this post includes the results from last night’s game, but the trend continued for San Francisco as Tim Lincecum and two relievers held the Snakes to a single run as the Giants won 3-1):
So coming into September, San Francisco pitchers had allowed .44 runs per innings pitched. They had given up 523 runs in 133 games or 3.93 runs per game, which is way better than the average for the league. In September they have cut that in half as the entire staff has thrown to a 1.85 ERA and an 0.87 ratio, allowing .22 runs per inning pitched and 2.0 runs per game.
Both the starters and the relievers have been better, but the relievers have improved more.
Here’s what the starters have done this month and before this month:
Barry Zito hasn’t been fantastic. He’s 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.19 ratio in September. He hasn’t exactly been lit up, either. Opponents are hitting .189 against him for the month. He kinda sticks out, though, cause the other four starters have been ridiculously good. Sanchez, Lincecum, Cain and Bumgarner have combined to make 19 starts for the month in which they have thrown to a 1.67 ERA and an 0.84 ratio while striking out 132 in 129 1/3 innings. Again, those numbers all don’t include Lincecum’s outing from last night when he held Arizona to a run over seven innings and struck out 11.
The relievers have been better than the starters. Here’s what the bullpen has done in a group this month compared to what they did the rest of the season:
So the starters dropped their runs allowed per inning from .45 before September to .25 in September. They were allowing about 1.8 times as many runs per inning before this month. The bullpen was allowing .41 runs per inning before this month and has allowed .15 runs per inning this month. That’s about 2.73 times as many runs per inning allowed in the months before September.
There are nine pitchers who have appeared in relief for San Francisco this month. Ramon Ramirez, Sergio Romo and Dan Runzler have combined to make 23 appearances in which they’ve thrown 17 1/3 innings without being charged with a run.
The guys who have appeared the most in relief for the Giants this month are closer Brian Wilson and Santiago Casilla. They’ve combined to make 22 appearances in which they struck out 20 in 23 innings while throwing to a 1.17 ERA and an 0.83 ratio.
The other four relievers, Guillermo Mota, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt and Chris Ray, haven’t been quite as dominant. They’ve still been very good, though. That group has pitcher to a 2.41 ERA and a 1.07 ratio over 18 2/3 innings in 27 appearances.
The Phillies beat the Nationals 7-1 last night. Blanton held Washington to an unearned run on three singles and three walks over seven innings. Sweeney and Mayberry both homered for the Phils and Francisco hit two, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Rollins led off and went 0-for-4, making him 1-for-7 since his return to the starting lineup.
The Phils are off today and finish the regular season this weekend in Atlanta.