Golden Gate Sports continues to recap some of the best single-season performances in the history of the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants as we anticipate Opening Day.
Today, we look at the 10 best seasons by starting pitchers in the history of the Giants, dating to their arrival in San Francisco in 1958.
This is the eighth installment in the series on the Giants, as we’ve already listed the top 10 seasons for left field, relievers, catchers, second basemen, third basemen, center fielders and shortstops.
To qualify for this list, a player needed 20 starts in a season. This requirement was not prorated for the strike-shortened seasons of 1981 or 1994.
Before you turn the page, here are the seasons that just missed the cut, extended through No. 20 because, hey, there are a lot of starting pitchers who qualified:
20. Mike McCormick, 1960
19. Bob Knepper, 1978
18. Gaylord Perry, 1967
17. Sam Jones, 1959
16. John Montefusco, 1975
15. Bob Shaw, 1965
14. Bill Swift, 1993
13. Jim Barr, 1974
12. Jason Schmidt, 2004
11. Juan Marichal, 1963