In Baseball All Wins Are Created Equal (Even When They’re Not)

Contrary to how it feels to baseball fans, wins in April are as important as wins in September. Seems they count all the games played each season to determine the final total, even though wins in the early Fall seem so much more important.

With 90% of the currenmatt-caint baseball season left to play the San Francisco Giants are 10-6. They started the year hot with a 5-1 record but have gone 5-5 over the past ten games.

Much has been made of their current streak of seven consecutive one run games (in which they are 4-3), but San Francisco kicked off the campaign with two one run games (going 1-1).

So that’s 9 one run games out of 16 for a team with a middling offense and two effective starters. Which means today’s Quick Question is: Which record better reflects where the Giants are headed: the 5-1 start or the 5-5 follow-up?

I believe it was Christopher Marlowe who wrote, “A rose by any other name costs the same”. Or maybe that was on a sign I saw at Target. Anyway, a win is a win is a win. Right?

As Dom Deluise noted in the film “Blazing Saddles”, “Wrong!”

Turns out there are good wins and the kind of wins the San Francisco Giants are getting. Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson continue to carry the heavy part of the load with a combined 4-1 record and 1.19 WHIP. Despite BumRod’s recent shaky start against the Dodgers, these are two quality starters putting up quality performances in 2014.

Second on the team with wins is mid-reliever Jean Machi with 3. Thanks to a rare good outing recently, against the Dodgers, it looks like Ryan Vogelsong will keep his 5th starter role for a while longer. The only good thing about that is that the Giants would probably put bullpen long man Yusmeiro Petit in Vogelsong’s spot in the rotation.

The last time the 29 year old Petit was a full time starter was in 2009 with Arizona, when he went 3-10 with a 1.52 WHIP.

Starters Tim Lincecum and Vogelsong have a combined 1.46 WHIP and 6.30 ERA, and San Francisco’s front office is spinning any good inning either of them puts up in 2014 to justify their combined $40 million contracts. To keep the fans all giddy, the Giants chose to keep Lincecum and Vogelsong; so we’ll see just how much bad pitching the fans take before they start to sour on “Timmy” and “Vogey”.

On another front, Giant pinch hitters are batting .208. As I have frequently noted, San Francisco’s bench is terrible and will hold this team back all season. The team error count for 2014 is now up to 12 and the infield defense often looks like a passable Triple A team.

The good news is that the Giants have kept up with the Dodgers so far, and taking two of three this week was sweet. It’s the remaining 90% of the 2014 MLB season that has me concerned…

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