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Samardzija (7-8, 3.95 ERA) vs. Velasquez (3-5, 4.46 ERA)

MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Well, we did it. We made it beyond the trade deadline. The Giants are... still pretty similar? Maybe we should do a roster refresh. The current 25-man roster is a little unclear at the moment in terms of who’s actually been called up, particularly on the pitching side of things, but for now, here’s what I’ve got.

Brandon Belt
Brandon Crawford
Buster Posey
Joe Panik
Evan Longoria (IL)
Pablo Sandoval
Zach Green
Stephen Vogt
Alex Dickerson
Mike Yastrzemski — buy his new t-shirt!
Kevin Pillar
Austin Slater
Tyler Austin
Donovan Solano

Madison Bumgarner
Jeff Samardzija
Tyler Beede
Shaun Anderson
Dereck Rodriguez
Jandel Gustave
Andrew Suarez
Sam Coonrod
Sam Selman
Trevor Gott
Reyes Moronta
Tony Watson
Will Smith

Hey, that’s something! The starting pitching still looks highly questionable, and we’re still waiting the formal additions of Melvin Adon and Sam Selman to the bullpen, but you can kind of see that the moves today didn’t hobble them entirely. Scooter Gennett is also missing from the equation, but he’s supposed to be activated on Friday.


2B — Cesar Hernandez
SS — Jean Segura
1B — Rhys Hoskins
RF — Bryce Harper
C — J.T. Realmuto
CF — Scott Kingery
LF — Adam Haseley
3B — Maikel Franco
SP — Vince Velasquez

The Phillies added the PiratesCorey Dickerson before today’s deadline, but he probably won’t play in tonight’s game, although he did play earlier today.

The original Giants lineup looked like this:

1B — Brandon Belt
C — Buster Posey
3B — Pablo Sandoval
LF — Austin Slater
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Kevin Pillar
RF — Mike Yastrzemski
2B — Joe Panik
SP — Jeff Samardzija

But Alex Dickerson became a late scratch, so now it looks like this:

1B — Brandon Belt
RF — Mike Yastrzemski
C — Buster Posey
3B — Pablo Sandoval
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Kevin Pillar
2B — Joe Panik
RF — Austin Slater
SP — Jeff Samardzija

Dickerson’s health is going to be a problem. Maybe Gennett can regain his power stroke to soften the blow, because combined with Slater’s quick regression to the mean and the continued atrophying of Belt, Posey, and Crawford, the next couple of months could look a lot like last night’s game.

Tonight’s game doesn’t probably to be much better, either. Last year, Vince Velasquez faced the Giants twice and struck out 21 in 12.1 innings, with just two walks. In his first start, a 12-strikeout performance, he threw his curveball 23% of the time. In the second start, it dropped to 17.6%. Last night, Drew Smyly overpowered the Giants with his curveball.

He lost his rotation spot at the end of May but regained it by the end of June; however, it hasn’t been a triumphant return for him — a 5.00 ERA in six starts (27 IP), albeit with a 34:5 strikeouts to walks ratio.