Sam Coonrod was called up to fortify the Giants’ pitching and Andrew Suarez was sent down after yesterday’s debacle-icious start against the Diamondbacks.
Coonrod has a 7.00 ERA in Triple-A so far this year, but also 30 strikeouts in 18 innings. The McCovey Chronicles community rated him the #33 prospect this past offseason. MLB Pipeline has him at #22, saying:
Coonrod has gone from a 92-95 mph sinker as a starter to a 95-98 four-seam fastball as a reliever. His mid-80s slider/cutter can be a plus pitch at times but gets slurvy at others. He tried to develop a changeup when he worked out of the rotation but has abandoned it in his new role.
Coonrod is more aggressive and does a better job of going after hitters as a reliever.
After the last two games, it’s clear the Giants will need him to pitch at least an inning today. Here are the lineups for what might not be another Giants’ loss...
Lineups for the #SFGiants today pic.twitter.com/QlGhRXOXze— Doug (@moonwalkmcfly) May 26, 2019
... if only because I predicted the Giants would win one game of this series, and I’d like to keep the prediction streak active. Seems unlikely after the Giants have been outscored 28-6 in 18 innings, but then again, baseball.