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Wednesday BP: Who will lead the Giants in saves?

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With Trevor Gott knocked from the closer role, who will take over?

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I hope it’s a lovely day for all of you.

The San Francisco Giants don’t currently have a closer. After blowing leads in his last three appearances — and giving up 11 runs while recording just 4 outs in the process — Trevor Gott is out as closer. At least for now.

There’s a good chance he’ll return to the role at some point, but Gabe Kapler made it clear that it’s not in anyone’s best interest to have that be immediate.

So now the Giants are left to decide who will slot into Gott’s role. They didn’t have to answer that question on Tuesday, as they carried an 8-1 lead into the ninth inning (insert joke about that being a save opportunity with the Giants here).

But sooner or later they’ll need to send out a closer. Who will it be?

It’s easy to say they’ll just go with closer by committee. Traditional bullpen roles are a bit antiquated, and this Giants front office and coaching staff is seeking to be anything but that.

Yet at the same time, Gott was clearly the capital-C Closer. He had earned all but one of the team’s saves, with the only exception being an extra-inning game when Gott was used in a high-leverage ninth inning.

So it seems likely they’ll keep it going with a traditional closer. Here are the top five Giants relievers by FIP, so you can see the options.

  1. Sam Selman (2.37 FIP)
  2. Tyler Heineman (3.12 FIP)
  3. Tyler Rogers (3.62 FIP)
  4. Tony Watson (4.47 FIP)
  5. Jarlin García (4.52 FIP)

So who will lead the team in saves? I’d like to put in a vote for Heineman, but I suspect Rogers will be the answer.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Of course.

August 19, 1996: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning off of Pete Harnisch, scoring Marvin Benard and Bill Mueller. It gave the Giants a 3-1 lead, and they would win 5-4. It was his third game in a row with a homer, and his 35th of the year.

August 19, 2003: Against the Atlanta Braves, Bonds hit a walk-off, solo home run in the 10th inning off of Ray King to give the Giants a 5-4 win. It was his 38th homer of the year.


Old, random MCC article for you to read

In praise of MLB’s blackout rules (Dec. 26, 2014 — Doug Bruzzone)


Giants links

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone.