Giant pitchers threw 144 innings in the post season and gave up 47 runs. Ryan Vogelsong pitched 24-2/3 of those innings (about 17%) and gave up only 3 runs (about 6%). In the NLCS, Vogie threw two seven-inning, one-run starts, dominating the defending champs in Game Two and again in Game Six. His 73 Game Score in that penultimate contest was something he topped only once (May 19 vs. Oakland) in the regular season. It was a hugely impressive display by the veteran right-hander. You could argue he deserved the MVP of that series, and that's not a criticism of Marco Scutaro who played magnificently. Lots of things added up for the Giants to win the World Series, but Game Three of the LDS was certainly a key. The Giants would win that game, memorably, in the 10th inning. Vogie was on the mound that day and went toe-to-toe with Homer Bailey who had a one-hitter and ten strikeouts through seven innings. Vogie gave up a run in the first but none for the next four. The Giants scored without a hit to tie it in the 3rd, and one of the big plays was a perfect sacrifice bunt by the starting pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong. And people prefer AL DH-ball! Cretins. Vogie also contributed an RBI hit in Game Six against the Cardinals when he out-pitched big-time post-season stud and 2005 Cy Young winner (and 2009 CYA runner-up) Chris Carpenter for the second time.
Twelve guys had at least three starts in the playoffs and only six of them threw at least 20 innings. Of all of them, Vogie had the lowest ERA (1.09), the 4th-lowest WHIP (1.05), and was 3rd-best in strikeouts (21). Not bad for a guy who couldn't find a job two seasons ago. Did mention he was signed through 2013 and the team has an option on him for 2014? I can't wait to see what other great things this guy can do.