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Resolved: good pitching beats good hitting

San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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That’s a retrospectively-applied cliche that is ignored the moment someone hits a good pitcher -- like, say, Cliff Lee, who certainly qualifies as “good pitching” -- but check out what Giants pitchers did to these guys in the playoffs:

  • Jason Heyward: 2 for 16, 0 RBI

  • Ryan Howard: 7 for 25, 0 RBI

  • Chase Utley: 4 for 22, 1 RBI

  • Josh Hamilton: 2 for 20, a homer and one RBI

  • Vladimir Guerrero: 1 for 14, two RBI

Howard got some hits, but basically, if you could swing a bat, you didn’t do any damage against the Giants in the playoffs. As the winter goes on you’ll hear a lot about whether the Giants should re-sign Aubrey Huff, Juan Uribe and all of their free agent hitters, but the way I see it, they’re gonna be just fine with Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner and that pen.