The San Francisco Giants made a few moves to their bullpen on Friday, ahead of their three-game series against the Oakland A’s. The Giants recalled right-handed pitcher Shaun Anderson and left-handed pitcher Andrew Suárez from Sacramento.
Both pitchers are able to stretch it out, so they can provide long relief should a Giants starter get knocked out early.
To make room for Anderson and Suárez, right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia and left-handed pitcher Wandy Peralta were optioned to the Alternate Training Site.
ROSTER MOVES:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) September 18, 2020
∙ RHP Rico Garcia and LHP Wandy Peralta optioned to the Alternate Training Site.
∙ RHP Shaun Anderson and LHP Andrew Suarez recalled from the Alternate Training Site.#SFGiants
Friday’s game will be the Giants third in a string where they play 13 times in 12 days. So keeping the bullpen fresh is going to be a theme down the stretch, and they’re doing so with two former starters.
Both Anderson and Suárez have struggled this year. The former has a 5.23 ERA and 8.03 FIP, with 11 strikeouts and 11 walks in 10.1 innings. The latter has a 5.14 ERA and 6.05 FIP, with 4 strikeouts and 5 walks in 7 innings. With reporters not allowed at the Alternate Training Site, only the Giants know how the two young pitchers have performed since last being optioned.
As for those who were optioned to make room, Peralta carries a 3.91 ERA and 4.41 FIP, with 22 strikeouts and 10 walks in 23 innings, while Garcia has a 5.40 ERA and 4.30 FIP, with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks in 10 innings.
It’s Garcia’s third time being optioned this season, but it’s a particularly rough break for Peralta. The lefty has been strong all year, but was called on in a big way on Thursday. After Tyler Anderson got ejected before recording an out in the third inning, Peralta had to eat some innings. He didn’t allow a hit in 3 innings, and played a huge role in the Giants comeback win.
But that meant he wouldn’t be able to pitch for a few days, and with the tight schedule, that meant getting optioned.