The 10 Greatest Individual Pitching Seasons in San Francisco Giants History

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The 10 Greatest Individual Pitching Seasons in San Francisco Giants History
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Is Tim Lincecum's second Cy Young Award-winning season a better performance than Juan Marichal's 1965 masterpiece? It's never easy to compare pitchers across eras and decades given the changes in the game, but here is my best attempt.

For this list, only pitchers from the San Francisco Giants were chosen. Two pitchers who didn't make the cut were New York Giants Christy Mathewson and Carl Hubbell.

In 1908, Mathewson won 37 games with a 1.43 ERA and 11 shutouts. Hubble's 1933 season was almost as impressive, as he won the first of his two MVPs with 23 wins and 1.66 ERA.

Giants relievers were left off the list as well, even though over the last 20 years, the Orange and Black have had some great closers. In 1993, Rod Beck had 48 saves and 2.16 ERA, while in 2000, Robb Nen finished fourth in the Cy Young voting with 41 saves and a 1.50 ERA.

How can we forget Brian Wilson, who during 2010 saved a league-high 48 games in 70 appearances?

The last but most important formality is that only the pitchers' best season was chosen for the list. So even though many pitchers had multiple amazing years, only one of them cracked the top 10.

Here are the 10 greatest single-season Giants pitching performances.  

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