Giants' rotation stacks up historically

Giants' rotation stacks up historically

ARLINGTON -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that his team's historic pair of shutout World Series victories over Texas reflects the quality and potential of San Francisco's pitching staff.

"It shows you how good those guys are, or can be," Bochy said Monday. "We know that's our strength. These guys have done a great job to this point, pitching against a good offensive team."

This hasn't been a secret, of course. Tim Lincecum has won the last two National League Cy Young Awards and has been an All-Star for three consecutive years. Last year, Matt Cain was an NL All-Star, while Jonathan Sanchez pitched a no-hitter. This season, the Giants' 3.36 ERA led the Major Leagues.

With their 4-0 victory in Sunday's Game 4, the Giants became the first team to record multiple shutouts in a World Series since Baltimore swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in four games in 1966. The Orioles posted three shutouts, including one apiece by Jim Palmer and Dave McNally, who remained with the club for years afterward and helped Baltimore win AL pennants in 1969 and '71 and the World Series in '70.

The Giants are hopeful that their homegrown postseason rotation of Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner can thrive, as their Orioles predecessors did.

"They're young, they're under [contractual] control," Bochy said. "It's nice to have that staring at you for the future."