STAT LINE: 5 G, 9.1 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 7.71 ERA, 2.09 FIP
Ah, Roberto Gomez: the pitcher so notable that you definitely remembered he was on the team this year before seeing the title of this article.
Gomez appeared in just five games this year, all in April. He racked up strikeouts at a decent clip and avoided walks and homers (hence the excellent FIP that you may have noticed in his stat line), but he gave up a ton of runs. In his 9.1 innings, Gomez gave up 8 earned runs, and 11 runs total. He gave up multiple runs in three outings, and gave up zero just once. He just wasn’t good, and consequently got removed from the active roster, and eventually from the 40-man as well.
ROLE ON THE 2018 TEAM: Early in the year, the Giants tried something that, for them, counted as some fairly innovative bullpen usage. Understanding that multiple members of their jury rigged rotation were likely to exit games early, they put a reliever on the roster whose entire role was to eat innings in lost games, and then after that guy ate those innings, they’d send him back to AAA and call up a new one. After a rough first couple outings, that’s the role that Gomez ended up with, just like Jose Valdez, DJ Snelten, and (after being sent down and called back up again) Josh Osich.
You may have noticed that Gomez’s company in that role was a couple guys who got DFA’d and Josh Osich. That’s about right.
ROLE ON THE 2019 TEAM: Almost certainly none. Shiny FIP aside, Gomez isn’t good enough to pitch in the majors, and he isn’t good enough for Farhan Zaidi to give him a 40-man spot. The Giants were enamored with Gomez back in September of 2017, they gave him a shot, and he gave up a lot of runs. Then they gave him another shot in April of 2018, and he gave up a lot of runs. He’s not going to get another shot in San Francisco.
You know what they say. Shoot me once, shame on you. Shoot me twice, ow, stop shooting me, you’re designated for assignment.
According to fWAR (based on FIP), Gomez’s season was (double checks just to make sure) not an unmitigated disaster.
According to literally every other way to measure a player, Gomez was extremely bad in his five games in the majors. Fangraphs bought him a not-F, because technically there was a thing that he did well, but that’s about as high as I’m willing to go here.