It would be foolish to consider the San Francisco Giants the better overall team in the NLCS because of their mediocre offense. Only Buster Posey, Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres had an OPS above .800 among Giants with more than 400 at bats. However, as unlikely as it sounds considering the Giants will have to face Roy Halladay (who fired a no-hitter in his first postseason start), Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt of the Phillies, the Giants may have the better pitching staff. In the postseason, that often makes all the difference.
It’s almost a lock to assume the Giants will pitch well. They carry an ERA under two in September and October. They’ve also held their own with the Phillies, splitting six games. As long as their middle of the order can continue to hit — for the postseason, Aubrey Huff is hitting .267, Buster Posey’s OPS is .882, and Pat Burrell’s OPS is .933 — the Giants will find themselves in the World Series. As in the NLDS against Atlanta, the Giants will win their share of tight, low-scoring games.
Giants in 7
Key stat: September/October ERA
The Giants’ team ERA since Sept. 1 is a staggering 1.91, a number that actually drops in the postseason to 1.66. When looking only at San Francisco’s starting postseason staff, Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain have ERAs a shade above three, Tim Lincecum fires out a 1.94, while Madison Bumgarner has pitched to the tune of a 1.13 ERA for the two months duration.