Should the Giants Go with a Four Man Rotation?


The defending World Series Champions have lost 10 out of their last 13 games and have relinquished first place in the NL West to the Arizona Diamondbacks.  While the Giants have one of the best pitching staff in the Majors, second in team ERA (3.20) and WHIP (1.22) and first in K/9 (8.20), they can’t seem to find a reliable 5th starter.  Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong are a combined 35-30 with an average ERA of 2.95.  Johnathan Sanchez and Barry Zito have been consistently unreliable in 2011.  Since returning from the DL, Sanchez has a ERA of 9.64 and Zito has given up nine Home Runs in just nine starts.  Check out each Starter’s ERA and WHIPSee the number of Earned Runs and Home Runs each starter has allowed: (keep in mind Sanchez has started 18 games, compared to Lincecum’s, Cain’s and Bumgarner’s 24 and Zito has only started 9)

ERs (Blue) & HRs (Orange)

The Giants are averaging 3.77 runs per game in 2011 (29th in the Majors) and only 2.08 in their past 13 games.  With such a struggling offense and in the middle of a heated pennant race, how much longer can the Giants afford to send an inadequate arm to the mound every fifth game?

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2 Responses to “Should the Giants Go with a Four Man Rotation?”

  1. Joseph King Says:

    has a 4 man rotation ever won world series

    • Experience SAP Says:

      Yes plenty of teams have won the World Series utilizing a four, and even three man rotation in the playoffs. Actually the Giants used a modified four man rotation last year down the stretch as they regularly skipped Zito’s scheduled start. In 2008, the Brewers started CC Sabathia every third game down the stretch in their push for playoffs.

      The four man rotation, which was the norm in the 50s and 60s, is no longer practical due to the training of today’s pitching prospects. Pitchers are so used to four days rest and pitching count caps in the minor leagues that it is assumed that a sudden change to three days rest would result in many unnecessary injuries.

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