The starting pitchers for the San Francisco Giants are getting lit up on the current road trip. The starters must pull it together on the mound, or watch the team continue to fall in the National League West standings.
Madison Bumgarner was the latest victim among the starters. The left-hander gave up nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits, including the first allowed grand slam of his career, in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Colorado Rockies. The dismal performance pushed San Francisco’s earned run average to 10.13 on the road trip (four games). The starting pitchers also have a 4.69 ERA on the season, which is third to last in the NL.
The good news is the Giants will be sending right-hander Tim Lincecum to the mound on Saturday. Even though he has struggled for a majority of the season, Lincecum dominated in his last outing against a very talented Atlanta Braves team. He surrendered just two hits and struck out seven batters in seven scoreless innings for his third win of the season.
The Rockies got the best of the 28-year-old in round one earlier this year. Lincecum gave up six earned runs on four hits in six innings. Even though San Francisco still walked away with the 9-6 win, the disappointing performance left a bad taste in the starter’s mouth, especially since he has had decent success against Colorado in his six-year career. Lincecum has posted an 11-7 record with a 3.76 ERA in 24 career starts.
It will be interesting to see which version of Lincecum decides to take the mound Saturday night. One that will allow five to six earned runs or one that will shut down the opposing offense.