After last night’s 3-0 loss to the Reds, I went over to Baseball-Reference to refresh the National League leader boards. My fears were confirmed; the Giants runs scored per game now sits at a puny 3.51 runs. That’s 15th in the NL, only the Padres have been worse at scoring runs. And if you consider park factors – click this – the Giants drop to the very bottom of the NL in terms of offense.
It’s easy to gang up on the offense. Maybe a little too easy, but Madison Bumgarner has an ERA/FIP/xFIP of 3.23/2.68/.3.45. His W/L record is 2-8. The man has lost eight games while pitching like one of the ten best pitchers in the NL. If that’s not reason to shoot the W/L statistic into the sun, I don’t know what is. The idea that Bumgarner has eight losses, no matter how stupid the statistic is, just feels wrong. Each start we see a left-hander throwing 92 mph darts with good breaking stuff. The unwashed masses sees a guy with eight losses. Eight! He can’t be any good. He’s lost eight games!
More depressing-slash-sad Bumgarner facts:
* The Giants have scored 2.4 runs per game in Bumgarner starts.
* Bumgarner has started 13 games this season; the Giants have scored one run or less seven times in those 13 games.
* In six starts, Bumgarner has given up one earned run or less. His record in those six starts is 1-4.
I could go on, but I won’t. It’s depressing.
Lastly, I decided to run a query using BB-Ref’s PIT to find starters with poor win-loss percentages. My search criteria: since 1960, must have started 60% of games, at least 150 IP, and a minimum ERA+ of 110 (or greater).
Rk Player W-L% ERA+ IP Year Age Tm 1 John Dopson .214 118 168.2 1988 24 MON 2 Tony Saunders .286 116 192.1 1998 24 TBD 3 Steve Rogers .292 117 230.0 1976 26 MON 4 Matt Cain .304 123 200.0 2007 22 SFG 5 Brandon Webb .304 129 208.0 2004 25 ARI
Those specific teams’ rank in scoring?
1988 Montreal Expos (6 out of 12 in runs scored)
1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays (14 out of 14 in runs scored)
1976 Montreal Expos (12 out of 12 in runs scored)
2007 San Francisco Giants (15 out of 16 in runs scored)
2004 Arizona Diamondbacks (16 out of 16 in runs scored)
I can still remember that 2007 for Matt Cain, and I think it still frustrates me just as much now as it did then.