Well, you figured this one was coming. But you probably didn't figure on just how gross the top of the list was going to be. Here are the lowest career ERAs against the Giants from pitchers with more than 10 starts.
Gross. Now, there's one thing to point out, and that's Kershaw and Latos haven't had decline phases yet. There will be a time when Mat Latos is old and decrepit, and he won't be able to throw 87 anymore, and he'll bounce from team to team, trying to latch on, trying to get a spring-training invite, trying to squeak onto a 40-man roster. And at some point, there will be no more point in trying. He'll get the message.
And we will be there to say, "Good sir, your face looks like a thumb and no one likes you."
But until then, he kind of owns the Giants!
most of the time lol
The odds are that when Latos retires, he isn't going to be #2 or #3 or maybe even #10. He hasn't been a old, broken-down pitcher yet.
Of course, Kershaw never will be on of those. He'll pitch until he's 44 and then retire to feed starving children or something. Why can't he be as loathsome as Latos? Guess we'll just have to double-down on the Latos hate to make up for it ...
Some of the surprises on the list:
Dave Dravecky was apparently a Giant-killer before he joined the team. Did not know that. Mark Portugal is kind of the gold standard when it comes to the Giants acquiring an old nemesis, but Dravecky might have been a better example.
Carlos Zambrano? Didn't expect that. But I guess he was in his prime when the Giants were regularly among the least patient teams in the league, so it makes sense. Flail away, fellas, and the next one might be right down the middle. There's never been anything wrong with that philosophy.
All of those Gaylord Perry innings were post-Giants, obviously. He pitched for the Padres and Braves in the NL after leaving the Giants, and only for a combined three seasons. But I guess he was really, really annoyed at the Giants for shipping him off.
Of all the annoying names up there, I think Steve Trachsel is the most annoying. He took six minutes between pitches and he wasn't very good. Yet he routinely shut the Giants down.
The full list is here. Here's what you need to know:
#2 Mat Latos
#13 Ian Kennedy
#50 Greg Maddux
#166 Pedro Martinez
That probably says it all. Pedro Martinez was the Ian Kennedy of the rest of baseball.