WASHINGTON -- With a victory Saturday over the Nationals, Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum would become the fifth pitcher to win 100 games with the club since the franchise moved west in 1958.
The others all distinguished themselves to varying degrees. Juan Marichal (238 wins as a Giant) is a Hall of Famer who's regarded as one of the finest pitchers of his era. Gaylord Perry (134), another Hall of Famer, tacked on 180 more wins after the ill-advised trade that sent him to Cleveland before the 1972 season. Kirk Rueter (105) remains the winningest left-hander in San Francisco history. And Mike McCormick (107) became the Giants' first Cy Young Award winner in 1967.
Lincecum's resume measures up to those of his predecessors. He has won two Cy Young Awards, thrown two no-hitters, made four All-Star teams and built a postseason record that's exceeded in franchise history only by Christy Mathewson.
Discussing win No. 100 during Spring Training, Lincecum said, "I'll be proud of it when I get there. That's not something I've ever actually shot for."
One Giant who understands the significance of reaching triple digits in victories is Jake Peavy, who has amassed a 135-110 record in 13 big league seasons.
"I don't think it's really symbolic of anything," Peavy said Friday. "It's a round number is what it comes down to."
Peavy added that since fewer starting pitchers work deep into games and thus are less responsible for their decisions, the impact of win totals has ebbed.
"There are so many better ways to judge how good a pitcher is," Peavy said.
Peavy pointed out that he won the Cy Young Award with a 19-6 record and a 2.54 ERA in 2007 for San Diego, yet finished 10-11 the following year despite posting a similar ERA (2.85).
That said, Peavy affirmed that Lincecum should feel rewarded once he reaches the century mark.
"When anybody who understands how hard it is to win a Major League game sees those 100 wins, there's a ton of respect from your peers when you see guys start to rack up wins like Tim has," Peavy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.