Hello and happy Thursday.
The San Francisco Giants did not have a good time on their first jaunt to Coors Field in 2021. But they did get some good news while they were there: Johnny Cueto is back. Cueto has not pitched since suffering a minor lat injury on April 14, his third start of the year. But he’ll be back in the rotation for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres.
Gabe Kapler said Johnny Cueto will start Sunday against the Padres. Mike Yastrzemski is on track to return at some point this weekend.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 5, 2021
Cueto has been having a phenomenal year in his limited action, as he’s sporting a 1.80 ERA, a 1.91 FIP, and 18 strikeouts to 4 walks in 20 innings. His 0.8 fWAR is his highest mark since the 2017 season despite, again, just 20 innings on the mound.
Adding Cueto to the rotation is a double dose of good news for the Giants, since he’ll replace the struggling Logan Webb.
Elsewhere in Giants news, Mike Yastrzemski — who hasn’t played since April 25 — is also expected to return this weekend. And manager Gabe Kapler is hopeful that Buster Posey — who exited Wednesday’s game with hamstring soreness — won’t miss any time thanks to a Thursday off day.
Finally, Joey Bart was optioned to AAA Sacramento, where he’ll be able to start the River Cats season.
ROSTER MOVES: C Joey Bart optioned to Triple-A Sacramento postgame today.— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 6, 2021
Old, random MCC article for you to read
The 10 best one-year players in San Francisco Giants history (Dec. 16, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter recaps the first day of the Minor League season (There R Giants, subscription required)
- Grant Brisbee on what the Giants should do to fix their struggling bullpen (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic on Gabe Kapler being hopeful that Buster Posey will be good to go for the weekend series (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- John Shea on how Willie Mays has an endless stream of youthful memories, but is focused on kids and the future (SF Chronicle)
- Andrew Baggarly tries to figure out what’s behind Buster Posey’s remarkable resurgence (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Jim Callis’ mock draft has the Giants selecting the top left-handed pitcher in the draft (MLB)
- Jon Becker on the Giants and A’s celebrating the return of Minor League Baseball to the Bay Area (Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez on how the Giants are banged up and in need of an off day (KNBR)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants have an off day today before starting a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday.
Hope you all enjoy your Thursday.