Player News - Giants

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Ty Blach was lit up for seven runs and 11 hits in three innings by the Mets on Friday.

That's going to be a real Blach mark on his record. The lefty has given up 24 runs over 21 1/3 innings in his last four starts, taking his ERA from 3.24 to 4.86. His rotation spot is probably safe for the moment, but one more bad start should change that.
Jun 24 - 1:38 AM

Brandon Belt hit his third homer in four games Friday against the Mets.

Belt hit cleanup tonight after spending the last week in the bottom half of the order. His slump now seemingly over, he should go back to being a fixture in the top half of the lineup. While he hasn't performed as hoped with his .783 OPS this year, he's still the Giants' second-best hitter.
Jun 24 - 1:33 AM

Giants placed INF Eduardo Nunez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with a hamstring strain.

Nunez had been trying to play through the injury and avoid the disabled list, but has missed six of the last seven games. Conor Gillaspie was activated from the disabled list and will start at third base in his place until Nunez is ready to return.
Jun 23 - 8:46 PM

Giants activated INF Conor Gillaspie from the 10-day disabled list.

Gillaspie is starting at the hot corner and batting second for the Giants on Friday. Before landing on the DL with back spasms, he was hitting just .133/.216/.156 in his first 45 at-bats.
Jun 23 - 8:40 PM

Giants designated RHP Bryan Morris for assignment.

The 30-year-old right-hander has struggled in his time with the Giants, posting a 6.43 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 15/11 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. There's a chance that he could generate interest on waivers.
Jun 23 - 7:30 PM

Giants recalled LHP Steven Okert from Triple-A Sacramento.

The 25-year-old southpaw has appeared in 19 games for the Giants this season, compiling a 6.23 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7/6 K/BB ratio over 13 innings. He'll function in middle relief for the Giants.
Jun 23 - 7:25 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Johnny Cueto plans to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract after the season.

It's been a disappointing season for Cueto, as he's posted a 4.42 ERA over 15 starts. However, as long as he finishes the year healthy it makes sense that he'd opt out of the four years and $84 million he has remaining on his deal after this season. Even at 31 years old, he'd surely land a bigger contract than that as a free agent. Heyman does add that Cueto "would listen to any extension offer" from the club, but the Giants "don’t seem inclined to do that." Given their aging roster and multitude of long-term contracts, the Giants might be in favor of Cueto opting out.
Jun 23 - 11:41 AM

Buster Posey was an extra-base hit machine Thursday, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Braves.

Posey has always had a penchant for hitting left-handed pitching and feasted on Braves starter Jaime Garcia in this one, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking two doubles off the southpaw before Garcia could be relieved. The homer was Posey's 10th of the season, the sixth straight year the backstop has reached double-digits in dingers. Quietly, the 30-year-old is having a remarkable offensive year this season, batting .344/.427/.537 through 63 games.
Jun 23 - 1:37 AM

Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in a loss to the Braves on Thursday.

The homer was his fifth of the year, three of which have come since June 8. That's a theme with the second baseman -- after a strong April and an abysmal May, Panik is now hitting .371 in June with the three homers, nine RBI and nine runs scored. The hot stretch has his line up to a much more palatable .275/.338/.414 overall.
Jun 23 - 1:26 AM

Matt Cain allowed seven runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

Thursday was the sixth time in his last 10 starts that Cain has allowed nine or more hits, and he's now given up 12 homers in 15 starts overall. On May 15, Cain was 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA; through Thursday, the right-hander is 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA. This is simply a case of time catching up to the 32-year-old. The Giants are still paying him $21 million this season, though, and with few hopes for postseason play the team doesn't need to find a better option if one isn't readily available. The Rockies are the next team with a chance to feed on Cain when the two sides meet up Tuesday.
Jun 23 - 1:14 AM

Denard Span is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

The Giants are stacking their lineup with right-handed batters with lefty Jaime Garcia on the mound for Atlanta. Gorkys Hernandez will man center field and bat eighth. Span has actually hit better against left-handers than righties this year (.295 vs. LHP, .268 vs. RHP), but the matchup against Garcia was a good excuse to give him a rare night off.
Jun 22 - 7:21 PM

Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) remained out of the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

It will be his sixth absence in the last seven games. Kelby Tomlinson will fill in at third base and bat leadoff Thursday against Braves lefty Jaime Garcia. Nunez is expected to test out his hamstring on Friday. If he's still not right, the Giants will likely place him on the disabled list. If Nunez does land on the DL, Conor Gillaspie would likely be called up to take his place.
Jun 22 - 4:27 PM

Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

The left-handed Belt will take a seat against Braves southpaw Jaime Garcia. Buster Posey will man first base with Nick Hundley starting behind the plate. Belt has hit just .193 against lefties this season.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: If you aren't a fan of Luis Severino tonight, pitching options are thin, but Jaime Garcia may actually offer solid value against the Braves. The Giants have been one of the weakest offenses in baseball against left-handed pitching; they rank 27th in wRC+ (79), 29th in wOBA (.288) and dead last in ISO (.117), which makes them a team worth targeting despite a relatively low K% (19.2%). Garcia himself owns a respectable 22.5 K% at home with a solid 3.39 FIP and 3.24 xFIP.
Jun 22 - 4:26 PM

Hunter Pence went 2-for-4, poked a solo home run and scored two runs versus the Braves on Wednesday.

He hit the home run in clutch time, taking Braves' closer Jim Johnson over the wall to tie the game in the ninth inning. The 34-year-old veteran missed three weeks earlier this year with a hamstring injury. He has limped to a .251/.294/.364 slash line with five home runs and 25 RBI so far this year.
Jun 22 - 1:48 AM

Denard Span went 3-for-5 and scored a run in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

He tripled in the eighth inning and scored on a wild pitch by Arodys Vizcaino. The veteran outfielder is getting a lot of playing time this year but has not been able to convert that into much fantasy value. He has a .274 batting average with four homers, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 212 plate appearances.
Jun 22 - 1:42 AM


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