Let’s take a quick glimpse into the Giants spring training stats as of today. Ok, we all know that some players just “tinker” in the spring and settle down once the regular season starts, and this IS a small sample size, but it’s worth noting that the Giants have some new players that may be giving Giants fans a little indigestion.
1. Jeff Samardzija
8.31 ERA in 13 IP, .382 BAA, 1.92 WHIP, 3 HR, 21 H
Maybe he took a little of the American League with him in his luggage. Hey, and I spelled his name correctly!
2. Jake Peavy
8.53 ERA in 12.2 IP, .450 BAA, 2.37 WHIP, 4 HR, 27 H
He always starts slow?
3. Madison Bumgarner
10.57 ERA in 7.2 IP, .371 BAA, 1.70 WHIP, 13 H
Ok, we’re not really concerned, right? (about his sore foot, obliques, maybe his shaven beard that supplied him strength?)
4. Johnny Cueto
16.62 ERA in 4.1 IP, .409 BAA, 2.54 WHIP, 9 H
So, he used the word “testiculos” yesterday. So, there’s that.
5. Matt Cain
10.12 ERA in 2.2 IP, .538 BAA, 3.75 WHIP, 7 H
I want this guy to do well this year….so badly. Really. He’s such a nice guy.
Honestly, he and Samardzija give me the most concern. Jeff is a horse like Matt used to be, but Cain is just an injury factory at this point, and his career is definitely on the downward trend.
I listed all five of these pitchers, despite their low inning totals, because, well, THEY’RE THE STARTING FIVE! Combined they are:
9.82 ERA in 40.1 IP, 13 HR, 77 H
I’m pretty sure I could’ve pitched to 3 batters without significantly raising these numbers much. Thirteen! homeruns in 40.1 innings? 77 hits?! Egad, it’s batting practice, or they are helping some minor leaguers out.
Now, this could be just a bad week for starters in the regular season, and certainly they won’t have this line during the year, but does it give you cause for concern?