Player News - Giants

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Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 on Monday in a loss to the Padres.

Pence was the only hitter in the Giants' lineup who had multiple hits. He now has multi-hit games in three-of-five appearances, but he's still hitting just .224/.260/.318 in 92 games with the Giants. He's a free-agent at the end of the year, and he won't be fantasy relevant in whatever organization he ends up playing in during the 2019 season.
Sep 25 - 1:08 AM

Derek Holland allowed three runs over five innings in a loss to the Padres on Monday.

A disappointing start for Holland -- especially when you consider he was facing the inferior Padres’ lineup, albeit for the second consecutive outing. He allowed eight hits and two walks, and he struck out only two. It’s still been a solid rebound year for the veteran with a 3.67 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 168 ⅔ innings, but anyone using Holland in the playoffs has to come away a unhappy with this result. His final start Sunday against the Dodgers.
Sep 25 - 12:57 AM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants will remove Bobby Evans as general manager.

Schulman says the team will ask Evans to stay in the organization in another job, but it's unclear whether Evans would accept a reduced role or seek a gig elsewhere. Evans has been the team's GM since 2015 and had one year left on his contract. He presided over one playoff appearance but steered two straight losing seasons. Executive vice president Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy are expected to keep their jobs.
Sep 24 - 7:19 PM

Andrew Suarez yielded two earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Suarez issued one walk, gave up six hits, and struck out five. It wasn't a terrible outing, but he got thoroughly out-dueled by Miles Mikolas. The 26-year-old rookie left-hander will carry a 7-12 record and a 4.22 ERA into his final start next weekend versus the Dodgers.
Sep 23 - 5:30 PM

Dereck Rodriguez gave up four runs over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

It's the first time since his third big-league start on June 9 that Rodriguez has given up as many as four runs. Going into the game, it sounded like this might be Rodriguez's 2018 finale, but manager Bruce Bochy said afterwards that the rookie would make another start next weekend.
Sep 22 - 5:07 PM

Mark Melancon took his second loss in 24 hours after giving up a homer in the 10th inning Saturday against the Cardinals.

Well, the good news is that he feels up to pitching back-to-back days. Tyler O'Neill's walkoff shot was just the second homer surrendered by Melancon in 36 innings this year. He's been rather effective in a setup role while being managed fairly carefully by the Giants, though his ERA has jumped from 2.60 to 3.25 these last two days.
Sep 22 - 4:59 PM

Aramis Garcia went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Cardinals on Friday.

Incredibly, Garcia has a 1.000 OPS and an 18/0 K/BB ratio in 38 major league at-bats. He's batting .368 with three homers and seven RBI in his 12 games. This from a guy who hit .233/.285/.381 in the minors this year. He is sound defensively, so even though the offense is fluky, he's making a case to take over as Buster Posey's backup next year.
Sep 22 - 4:54 PM

Brandon Crawford went 0-for-5 on Saturday and is batting .220 with three RBI in 50 at-bats this month.

The awful thing is that he's still hitting better this month than he did in July (.525 OPS) or August (.477 OPS). It's been a horrible second half for the NL's starting shortstop in the All-Star Game.
Sep 22 - 4:52 PM

Nick Hundley is not in the Giants' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for Hundley being a day game after a night game. Aramis Garcia will draw a rare start behind the plate in his absence and will bat eighth against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals.
Sep 22 - 10:47 AM

Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs in six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

All of the runs scored on singles, and Kolten Wong delivered the last two runs in the fifth and sixth. With just one start to go, Bumgarner is 6-6 with a 3.20 ERA. He'll get the Padres on Wednesday.
Sep 22 - 1:27 AM

Chris Stratton followed up last week's shutout of the Rockies by giving up five runs in three innings against the Padres on Wednesday.

On the plus side, he did have a three-run double in his lone at-bat. Unfortunately, the Giants mustered just one more run in the contest and lost 8-4. Stratton dropped to 10-10 with a 4.88 ERA. He'll get another chance against the Padres next time out.
Sep 20 - 12:58 AM

Brandon Belt is heading back to San Francisco to undergo an MRI on his knee, and could have surgery soon according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Belt has missed the last four games -- and isn't playing Wednesday against the Padres -- because of soreness in his right knee. An initial MRI showed no damage, but it's obviously possible that the first baseman has aggravated something while trying to get back onto the field. It would be an upset if Belt played another game in 2018, even if the MRI comes back negative.
Sep 19 - 7:21 PM

Brandon Belt (knee) is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

Belt is considered day-to-day, but he hasn't been in the lineup for the last four games and will miss another one on Wednesday. Aramis Garcia will play first and bat sixth against Eric Lauer and the Padres.
Sep 19 - 5:40 PM

Derek Holland allowed four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Tuesday.

Holland surrendered five hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer to Padres slugger Franmil Reyes in the fifth inning. He struck out six batters and only issued a pair of walks over five frames. The 31-year-old southpaw has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of 11 starts since the All-Star break. He’s also experienced a sudden uptick in his strikeout rate, going from a rather pedestrian 7.18 K/9 across 208 appearances (184 starts) from 2009 to 2017 to over a strikeout per inning (9.07 K/9) in 33 appearances (29 starts) this year. He’s 7-8 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 165/63 K/BB ratio. He’s in line for a rematch against the Padres at home in his next start on Monday.
Sep 19 - 3:24 AM

Will Smith struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Padres to record his 14th save of the year.

Smith was summoned to preserve a one-run lead in the ninth inning and needed just 16 pitches to slam the door. He worked around a one-out double by Freddy Galvis to strike out the side for the fourth time this season. The 29-year-old southpaw is 2-3 with a microscopic 1.76 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 52 appearances.
Sep 19 - 3:22 AM


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