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Surprisingly it's the Dodgers who have a better ERA than the Giants, so why give the advantage to the Giants you may ask?
Ted Lilly was phenomenal for the Dodgers, with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 3.14, before he got hurt. His replacement, Nathan Eovaldi, has been less than impressive, posting a 1-5 mark and 4.21 ERA.
Beside Chris Capuano and re-signing Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, who have posted ERAs of 2.91, the Dodgers pitching staff has been mediocre. Chad Billingsley is 4-9 and despite a wining record (6-5), Aaron Harang has a WHIP of 1.42.
One the other hand, the Giants staff has been very impressive with two pitchers also holding ERAs under 3.00. Matt Cain is putting together a Cy Young performance (9-3, 2.62 ERA), and who can forget his perfect game.
Madison Bumgarner has been dealing as well with a 10-4 record and a 3.27 ERA, but the unsung hero has been Ryan Vogelsong.
The journeyman who burst onto the scene last year is back at it again, pitching 15 quality starts in 16 appearances with a 2.36 ERA.
Barry Zito has also had a nice comeback season, and though he has been inconsistent at times, he still can win games.
That of course brings us to the elephant in the room—Tim Lincecum. He has been the worst pitcher in baseball this year, and maybe of all time. The Giants are actually 42-26 when Lincecum doesn't pitch.
Overall, despite Lincecum's problems, the Giants still have a better staff. With the new Big Three at the top, the orange and black have a good chance to win the division.