The Giants are surging towards the NL West title, and for a team built around pitching, they have been winning games in some strange ways. As in, they’ve been scoring a ton of runs. They lead the NL in post All Star runs scored, with 252 runs in
games, a scorching 5.14 runs per games. They also lead the NL in doubles and triples in that span,
more than making up for their last in the league 30 home runs.
Just to prove this isn’t a fluke, the Giants also lead the league in road runs scored, 357 in 69 games, an almost identical 5.17 runs per. I’ve often said that the team that scores the most runs on the road is the best offense, and the Giants have scored almost 30 more runs than the second-best road offense, the Mets?! They have 61 home runs on the road, and only 20(!) at home. They’ve also only scored 233 runs at home (and allowed 225), which is a huge spilt.
Strangely enough, the Giants have allowed 322 runs in their road games, which means that when they play at home, the average score of the game is 3.5 to 3.2, and on the road the score is 5.14 to 4.7. Seems really odd to me, but the team is 18 games over .500, and they seem to be doing just enough to win. They’re runs differential is far from the best in the league, but if Lincecum was having a normal year, they’d be looking at a much more dominant differential. He’s allowed something like 40 more runs than he’s averaged by this point of the season (94 runs allowed in 157 IP).
If he gets it fixed, the Giants look likely to not only make the postseason, but with a big three of Cain, Bumgarner and Lincecum, they should be able to compete with anyone.