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Though Cliff Lee might have the edge in the head-to-head matchup against Tim Lincecum, the Giants have the best overall pitching staff in major league baseball.
Lincecum leads a staff that boasts four pitchers that might be better than any other option the Rangers have. It's why the Giants' 3.36 team ERA was the best in the majors this season.
Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner round out the Giants' rotation of starters all under the age of 27, with Sanchez, 27, the oldest and Bumgarner, 21, the youngest.
This is not to say the Rangers don't possess fine pitching; it's just not the Giants' pitching.
The Giants will need it to slow down the hot bats of the Rangers. As a team, the Rangers hit .304 in the ALCS with a .512 slugging percentage.
The Giants were able to stop the Phillies dead in their tracks, as the Phillies hit just .216 with a .635 OPS.
The old adage says good pitching beats good hitting. In what has been deemed a new year of the pitcher, the Giants rotation will have to show that the old adage is true once again.