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Giants @ Orioles, 6/2

Samardzija (2-4, 4.92 FIP) vs. Ynoa (RHP; 0-1, 3.88 FIP)

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Folks, Drew Pomeranz has not been removed from the rotation, so please adjust your real-time depth chart accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Giants will try to win just their fifth series of the season. I must note that the last time the Giants ever had a record of 23-34 was 2017. They secured their 34th loss on June 3rd, so they are right on pace with that abysmal season. Does this mean that I think the Giants might lose 98 games again? Oh no. I think they’ll lose many more than that.

Through 58 games this season, the Orioles are 18-40. That’s awful, but still better than last year’s record through 58 games: 17-41. It looks like the rebuild over there is going terribly. They were trying to be worse than last year’s team to really do it right.

SS — Jonathan Villar
1B — Trey Mancini
LF — Dwight Smith Jr.
DH — Renato Nunez
RF — DJ Stewart
2B — Stevie Wilkerson
3B — Rio Ruiz
C — Pedro Severino
CF — Keon Broxton
SP — Gabriel Ynoa

The only thing you need to know about Ynoa is that he throws a four-seam fastball and a two-seam fastball (or sinker) at average velocities of 93.5 mph. His pitches have some of the worst spin in baseball, though, so if the Giants struggle today it’s because they’ll be struggling to keep up with velocity and guessing wrong on sequencing.

2B — Joe Panik
LF — Mike Yastrzemski
3B — Evan Longoria
DH — Pablo Sandoval
1B — Brandon Belt
RF — Kevin Pillar
SS — Brandon Crawford
C — Stephen Vogt
CF — Stephen Duggar
SP — Jeff Samardzija

No Buster Posey — that leg injury he suffered late in yesterday’s game is the real deal. Hopefully, it doesn’t require an IL stint.

Finally, six home runs have been hit in this series. I made a grand guess that the final total for the series after today’s game could reach 11. Seems ambitious at this point, but it’s important to dream big.