The San Francisco Giants have had one of the strongest traditions of pitching in all of baseball throughout their franchise history. They have had Hall of Famers, league leaders and two Cy Young award winners.
When they were the New York Giants, they boasted such names as Carl Hubbell, Christy Mathewson, Red Ames, Joe McGinnity, and Rube Marquard. Since the Giants relocated to San Francisco in 1958, Juan Marichal, Vida Blue, Gaylord Perry, Rod Beck, and Mike Krukow have all taken the mound.
This tradition has continued into the new millennium, and this edition of the San Francisco All-Decade Team will look exclusively at the pitchers that have made the 2000s a truly memorable era for Giants hurlers.
As Andrew Nuschler said in his slideshow about the outfielders, San Francisco has slipped into mediocrity in the last couple years, with a few years under .500 and more than a few years of being out of playoff contention.
But over the last decade, their pitching has always been a strong point. We’ve seen many times when pitching prospects were traded away by Brian Sabean, but in the last few years the homegrown pitching has risen up to be one of the top pitching franchises in the majors.