It’s only March 10. It’s only March 10. It’s only March 10.
That’s what we keep telling ourselves.
But on March 10, Madison Bumgarner added another outstanding pitching performance to a spring that has been full of outstanding pitching for the Giants.
Bumgarner limited the Cincinnati Reds to one hit in four shutout innings, striking out six in a 7-0 win for the Giants.
“You can’t ask mcuh more than what we saw today,” manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News.
Thursday’s outing added to an impressive spring of pitching by the Giants.
The Giants’ team ERA of 2.80 is the lowest in the majors during spring training. So that’s impressive. But of the next 10 best team ERAs this spring are being thrown in Florida. The next best team ERA from a team training in Arizona, where the air is lighter and livelier, belongs to the Dodgers at 3.98.
And if you just look at the starting pitchers, it gets even better for the Giants. The ERA from the pitchers who started spring training games for the Giants is 1.79. If you take Tim Lincecum’s first start of the spring, in which he gave up three teams in 1 2/3 IP, the starters’ ERA is 1.24.
Add to that the news that Matt Cain reported no issues with his elbow while throwing three innings of simulated game Thursday.
Here are more Thursday highlights:
ANDRES TORRES: Torres went 1 for 3 with a two-ru home run in the third inning.
FREDDY SANCHEZ: Sanchez was 1 for 2 with a home run and a walk.
CODY ROSS: Ross was 1 for 3 and hit the third home run in the third inning for the Giants.
PABLO SANDOVAL: The Panda was 1 for 3 with a double.
PAT BURRELL: The Bat was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk. He’s hitting .250 now for the spring after a slow start.
SANTIAGO CASILLA and SERGIO ROMO: Both threw scoreless innings Thursday. Both have spring ERAs of 0.00.