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Giants pitching leaders in 2010s: Where Bumgarner, Lincecum, Cain rank

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Giants pitching leaders in 2010s: Where Bumgarner, Lincecum, Cain rank

The Giants used an NL-record 64 players in 2019, but they were known for stability for most of the decade, particularly in the pitching rotation. During the 2010s, the Giants used just 35 starting pitchers. 

For much of that time, it was Bumgarner, Cain, Lincecum, Vogelsong, etc. with a sprinkling of guys like Chad Gaudin, Mike Kickham, Guillermo Moscoso and Albert Suarez. 

We took a look at Giants hitting leaders for the decade on Monday. Here’s a look at their top pitchers of the decade, with some notes on guys who piled up surprising numbers ... 

INNINGS PITCHED

1. Madison Bumgarner -- 1,836
2. Matt Cain -- 1,213 1/3
3. Tim Lincecum -- 1,045

Surprise: George Kontos. There's a reason they called him "Everyday George." Kontos was at his best when putting out fires right after the starting pitcher departed, but he also served as a long man at times and occasionally got big outs in the late innings.

Kontos ended up throwing 309 2/3 innings for the Giants last decade, which ranked him 11th, ahead of guys like Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Jake Peavy and Jonathan Sanchez. 

WINS

1. Bumgarner -- 119
2. Lincecum -- 68
3. Cain -- 60

SAVES

1. Santiago Casilla -- 123
2. Brian Wilson -- 85
3. Sergio Romo -- 82

Surprise: Casilla. The right-hander never got to close out a title run, but he had plenty of strong relief seasons for former manager Bruce Bochy, finishing with a 2.42 ERA as a Giant with back-to-back 30-save seasons. It ended poorly for Casilla, but he doesn't get the credit he deserves for his Giants career.

This is a fun category; Ramon Ramirez, Cory Gearrin, Guillermo Mota, Clay Hensley and Jean Machi are among the players who had multiple saves for the Giants in the 2010s. 

STRIKEOUTS

1. Bumgarner -- 1,784
2. Lincecum -- 1,078
3. Cain -- 965

Surprise: Derek Holland (240) had as many strikeouts for the Giants last decade as Yusmeiro Petit and more than Affeldt, Hunter Strickland and Tim Hudson. Holland tied for 12th for the decade. 

STARTERS ERA

1. Bumgarner -- 3.14
2. Jonathan Sanchez -- 3.48
3. Cueto -- 3.51

RELIEVERS ERA

1. Casilla -- 2.42
2. Wilson -- 2.46
3. Lopez -- 2.47

Surprise: Hunter Strickland. Only seven Giants had a lower ERA than Strickland's 2.91 last decade. What a strange career he had in San Francisco.

Strickland came back from Tommy John rehab and pitched his way onto the 2014 postseason roster, then lost the trust of a lot of fans by giving up a bunch of homers. He also fought Bryce Harper and punched a door, but when he was on the field, he generally got outs. 

ERA+

1. Wilson -- 153
2. Casilla -- 153
3. Reyes Moronta -- 152

BATTING AVERAGE AGAINST

1. Moronta -- .178
2. Will Smith -- .195
3. Ramon Ramirez -- .208

Surprise: Which one surprises you more from that list, Moronta or Ramirez? Moronta has been sneaky-good as a Giant, and the team hopes he recovers from shoulder surgery.

If Moronta ever fixes his walk issues, he's going to be one of the best relievers in the NL. 

[RELATED: A look back at Giants' offensive leaders during 2010s]

WAR

1. Bumgarner -- 32.2
2. Cain -- 9.9
3. Cueto -- 8.8

Surprise: Among starting pitchers to debut after the third title, Ty Blach is the WAR leader at just 2.1. Moronta (3.0 WAR) leads all Giants pitchers who came up after 2014. There was a hell of a dry spell late in the 2010s. 

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

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MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

[RELATED: How Forst thinks state of free-agent market will impact A's]

Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.

Sergio Romo wants street outside Oracle Park renamed after Bruce Bochy

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Sergio Romo wants street outside Oracle Park renamed after Bruce Bochy

Bruce Bochy is gone but he never will be forgotten. Sergio Romo is doing his best to make sure that remains the case.

Bochy finished up his career as Giants manager last Sunday, saying goodbye to the place he called home over the past 13 seasons with a lengthy postgame ceremony and a heartfelt speech. The legendary manager helped bring three World Series titles to San Francisco, and will forever live in the hearts of Giants fans everywhere. 

Romo, who played for Bochy for nine seasons, tweeted out a petition Thursday trying to get the name of King Street, which runs in front of Oracle Park, renamed to Bruce Bochy Boulevard.

Not a bad idea.

[RELATED: Could Giants match Red Sox's rumored asking price for Betts?]

Romo will be busy this October as he tries to help the Minnesota Twins win their first World Series title since 1991. The right-hander was big part of the Giants' playoff bullpen in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and hopes to bring that experience to a Twins team that will face the vaunted New York Yankees in the ALDS.

As for the Giants, they enter the offseason with a number of questions that president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will be tasked with solving.

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