The Top 10 List of Non-Giants Who Should Be on Every Giants Fan’s Christmas Card List: No. 7, Roy Oswalt
To look at Roy Oswalt’s numbers against the San Francisco Giants in 2010, you’d have to say he had a great season against the G-men: Six starts, 1 relief appearance, 41 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs, 2.81 ERA, all six of his starts against SF were quality starts.
Yet, out of the 103 games the Giants won this season (92 in regular season, 11 in postseason), there was only one pitcher they beat four times in 2010. And that was Roy Oswalt.
It all started when Oswalt was a member of the Astros. He pitched opening day, giving up three earned runs in six innings, but took the loss against Tim Lincecum as the Giants won, 5-2.
On May 15 in San Francisco, Oswalt made on big mistake, giving up a two-run homer in the fourth to Juan Uribe. But that was enough for another loss to Lincecum in a 2-1 loss for the Astros.
On June 22 in Houston, Oswalt sailed through six scoreless innings. But in the seventh, he gave up a single to Aubrey Huff and a walk to Uribe. A single by Pat Burrell scored a run, and a groundout by Pablo Sandoval scored another. That was enough for yet another loss to Lincecum and the Giants, 3-1.
In July, he was traded to the Phillies and his luck suddenly changed against the Giants. Funny how that worked.
On Aug. 17, he gave up three earned runs in seven innings in a 9-3 win for Philly.
In Game 2 of the NLCS, he gave up one run in eight innings as the Phillies won, 6-1.
Then came his relief appearance in Game 4 of the NLCS, when he gave up back-to-back one-out singles to Huff and Buster Posey to put runners on first and third. Then Uribe drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly to left. That was loss No. 4.
He came back to pitch six solid innings in Game 6 of the NLCS, giving up two runs (one earned). But he left with the game tied and received a no-decision in a game that Giants eventually won, 3-2.
So, Roy, you were awesome this year. But some bad luck and terrible run support led to a 2-4 mark against SF. Tough luck, but thank you, Roy.
And while we’re at it, thank you Astros for being feeble against the Giants. San Francisco had more success against Houston than any team this season, winning 7 of 9 games. The Giants won their first seven meetings with the Astros, with Houston scoring 13 totals runs in those seven loss.
The Top 10 List of Non-Giants Who Should Be on Every Giants Fans Christmas Card List:
No. 8, Bud Black
No. 9, Paul Emmel
No. 10, Bengie Molina