Maybe I'll just bounce back and forth all season on this team. Sure they've feasted on some weak teams. Sure their home record is obscene. Sure, Lincecum and Cain and pray for rain sounds catchy. And, sure, Pablo Sandoval looks more and more like the real deal.
But as of this morning, the 25th of June, your San Francisco Giants have the third best record in the National League, the sixth best in all of baseball, and are seven games over .500 with a paltry +11 runs scored differential. How have they done this seemingly impossible task?
Put simply, they've pitched their asses off. Lincecum and Cain, in particular, have absolutely carried the team. In the month of June, Matt Cain is 3-0, having thrown 28 innings and allowed only 18 hits and 7 earned runs, good for a 2.22 ERA. Lincecum has thrown 39 inning, allowed 33 hits and just 8 ru
ns, good for a 1.82 ERA.
All told, this team just may be coming together. On May 25th, the Giants were 21-23, and had scored 172 runs and allowed 182. (3.9 runs scored, 4 runs allowed) Since then, in 27 games, they've scored 109 runs and allowed 88, an average game score of 4.03 to 3.25. An average game score like that translates into a .605 winning percentage, which means they have outperformed their expected wins by less than two, because over that span of 27 games, they've gone 18-9. Since May 25th, only the Colorado Rockies, beneficiaries of an 11-game winning streak, have a better record, in the entire National League. In fact, since May 25th, the Giants have the second best record in all of baseball.
SINCE MAY 25TH, THE SF GIANTS HAVE THE SECOND BEST RECORD IN ALL OF BASEBALL
I thought I'd put it out there loud and proud. ;-)