Five good reasons the San Francisco Giants can win without Melky Cabrera: Pitching wins championships

Pitching wins championships. It’s an overused cliche. But when it comes to the Giants, it’s true.

Pitching drove them to the 2010 World Series title. It kept the team’s head above water when it lost Buster Posey in 2011. And it can keep the Giants driving toward the postseason in 2012.

As of Aug. 16, the Giants’ team ERA of 3.66 ranks fifth in the National League. But it does not compare to the 3.20 ERA of 2011 or the 3.36 of 2010.

However, if you remove Tim Lincecum’s numbers from the team ERA, it sits at a more comparable 3.38.

Now, we don’t suggest the Giants remove Lincecum from the rotation. We just use that stat to point out that the team’s ERA has been inflated by Lincecum’s dreary first half of the season.

Since the All-Star break, Lincecum has a 3.33 ERA, right in line with what the rest of the staff has produced for the season.

So if Lincecum can continue to pitch like he has since the All-Star break — and the Giants’ weaker schedule should help him do that — the Giants should have the pitching to keep them in the race.

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