We don't know yet whether to believe the Giants are the team below .500 team in Statis-Pro and in their FanGraph projections, or the contender in real life. They've always confused board and video game players who use last year's stats for the current season. Start by reflecting how the Giants continue to confuse everyone who plays any type of video or board baseball games using the past year's cards for the current season. Here are the Giants finishes among all 30 MLB teams in one 6-year stretch:
2009 - 8th place
2010 - 1st place, World Series Champs
2011 - tied for 11th place
2012 - 1st place, World Series Champs
2013 - tied for 18th place
2014 - World Series champs
Below are the Cardinals wins over the Nats, both one-run wins against the bottom two of the rotation, so they did not face Strasburg or Scherzer.
Andrew Kritzner was the unlikely hero with a pinch hit game-winning homer to post the 6-5 win in a game the Cards trailed after one inning 4-1.
The first game Mikolas was four outs from a no-hitter, and after he allowed a single Gallegos shut down the last few Nats for the win. Mikolas was tiring when the hit was allowed based on our rules for endurance:
If the Starter's SR runs out (reduced by one for runners allowing first base unless on an error, and then another for that runner scoring, and reduced by one any time an innings ends. OR
If he does not run out of SR, he still tires in one of two ways based on his average innings pitched:
a. He can round his average innings pitched and pitch one more inning that that (e.g. he averages 5.7 IP then he must come out at the end of the 7th inning, OR
b. If pitching a strong game, he can instead multiply his innings pitched by 4 (so 5.7 x 4 = 23) and pitch to that many pitchers.
Every batter faced after running out of endurance either of those two ways reduces the PB rating by one, so if a pitcher had the best rating - PB 2-9, then the first batter he faced after being tired he is a PB2-8, then PB 2-7 for the next, then PB4-7, PB2-6, PB2-5, PB2-4, PB2-3, PB 2-2, and after that skip the PB and go straight to the batters card for the Random Number on every at bat.
Relievers can tire if their RR runs out the same way as the starters SR, and as long as that has not run out they can pitch to the end of the inning in which they entered, or if they strattle an inning can go as many batters as the innings pitched X 4, just like above but never more than 2 batters or for a starter coming out of the pen, 3 innings.