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McCovey Chronicles: Sunday BP, 5/26/19
Good morning, McCoven! I hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend. And by that, I mean I hope you didn't end up at any of these horrible, horrible games this weekend. If you did, my condolences to you.
The Giants have been outscored 51-20 in the last week, which is not ideal. Three blowouts in a home stretch isn't ideal either. And it's definitely not good for ticket sales. Watching this team lose is bad enough, but watching them dole out runs by the dozen is just not a thing I would wish upon anyone.
The worst game I've been to in person was a blowout against the Braves in 2011.
Fansided: San Francisco Giants: As losses pile up, defense remains a strength
The rebuild is on by the Bay, and while the San Francisco Giants likely won't be racking up too many wins this year, they're still doing their best to provide high-quality baseball--and succeeding in at least in one aspect of the game.
FanGraphs currently ranks them as the seventh-best overall defensive squad. They also check in fifth in the NL and 12th in MLB in defensive efficiency.
Three-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop Brandon Crawford is not the show-stopping, game-changing middle infielder he once was, but he still has an above-average glove.
Fansided: San Francisco Giants: Mac Williamson out, Mike Yastrzemski in
As the San Francisco Giants continue to shuffle the roster in search of an offensive spark, the Mac Williamson experiment has come to an end.
After going 2-for-4 with a home run immediately after being promoted from Triple-A on May 7, Williamson went just 4-for-47 with a .085/.173/.106 batting line over his next 52 plate appearances prior to being designated for assignment on Saturday.
That included an 0-for-21 slump spanning his last seven games and eight strikeouts in his last 10 plate appearances.
Giants moves: Mac Williamson designated for assignment to make room for Mike Yastrzemski.
San Jose Mercury News: Andrew Suarez struggles as Giants drop fourth straight
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kevin Pillar raced diagonally back toward center field and dove to rob Kevin Cron of an extra-base hit in the top of the first inning, a play that allowed the Giants to double up Adam Jones at first base.
It was the Giants' most memorable play Saturday -- a catch of the year candidate -- and even then, it didn't come without some bad luck. After an official review, it was determined Ildemaro Vargas had touched home plate for the Arizona Diamondbacks' second run of the inning before the double play was completed.
So it went for the Giants, who gave up 13 hits and committed two errors in a 10-4 loss to the Diamondbacks before an announced crowd of 31,581 at Oracle Park.
Fansided: San Francisco Giants: Is it time to give the opener another try?
It's no secret that the San Francisco Giants shoddy pitching staff has been a big reason the team has been struggling in 2019.
They rank 21st in the league in team ERA, and that can easily be traced to their starting pitching.
The nine players who have made at least one start for the Giants have combined for a 5.09 ERA, which ranks 24th in the majors. Meanwhile, the bullpen has been a clear strength, with a 3.93 ERA that is good for ninth in baseball.
Taking that one step further, only the Baltimore Orioles (-0.
Fansided: San Francisco Giants: When will Chris Shaw get another chance?
Call it a demotion with a purpose by the San Francisco Giants.
With the glut of outfielders in Triple-A Sacramento, it was really the only way to give Shaw consistent playing time.
Since he has a spot on the 40-man roster, the assumption was that if Shaw showed enough improvement in Double-A, he would be one of the first players called upon if an outfield void arose.
That's not how things have played out, though.
First, there was this:
Big roster news for Giants: Gerardo Parra DFA'd. OF Mike Gerber had his contract purchased from AAA.
McCovey Chronicles: Giants continue to get "boat raced" by Diamondbacks, fall 10-4
On Friday night, after the Arizona Diamondbacks came into Oracle Park and took the complete path of annihilation by dismantling the San Francisco Giants 18-2, manager Bruce Bochy said that his Giants got "boat raced" by Arizona. So, not knowing what that meant, I looked it up and was kindly given the answer by 247Sports:
"It comes from a rowing competition. It was called The Boat Race. The term boat raced was dubbed because once a boat gained a lead in the competition they could get into the middle of the river where the channel was and were almost assured a win.
San Jose Mercury News: Giants DFA Mac Williamson, call up "Yaz"
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mac Williamson is out and Mike Yastrzemski is in as the Giants continue to shuffle the deck with comical regularity.
Williamson, whom the Giants had hoped would be the answer in left field, was designated for assignment Saturday. Yastrzemski, the grandson of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer, was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.
Williamson, 28, was batting .118 after 15 games (6 hits in 51 at-bats). He struck out five times Thursday and three more times Friday night.
Yastrzemski, 28, was batting .316 with 12 home runs and a .676 slugging percentage.
McCovey Chronicles: Mac Williamson becomes the eighth DFA of May
Mac Williamson lasted just eighteen days. Fifteen games, if you want to be precise. 57 plate appearances. He had as many strikeouts (18) as he did days on the 2019 roster. Fewer hits (6) than the Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro has been hit by a pitch this season (7).
The Giants designated him for assignment this morning to make room for 28-year old outfielder and grandson of Carl Yastrzemski, Mike Yastrzemski, who has 12 home runs and a .411 OBP in 40 games with the Sacramento River Cats this season.
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CSN Bay Area: Giants designate Mac Williamson for assignment, recall Mike Yastrzemski
The final chapter of Mac Williamson's career with the Giants might have come to a conclusion.
For the second time this year, the outfielder has been designated for assignment, the team announced Saturday morning. The Giants made the move to create a roster spot for Mike Yastrzemski, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
Williamson struck out five times in a 5-4 loss to the Braves on Thursday. All five came with at least one runner on base. He followed up his day to forget with three more strikeouts in the Giants' 18-2 loss on Friday.
McCovey Chronicles: SF Giants Minor Lines 5/24/19: Tyler Beede strikes out 8
I feel you Sami!
The draft and short season ball can't come soon enough! We're hitting the horse latitudes here with the full season affiliates apparently. Over the last two nights the gangs have lost 7 or their collective 8 games, scoring 1 or 0 runs in 5 of those. Please. I'm begging you. Somebody do something remotely resembling anything!
Yes, fine. It was still quite a pretty night at the ballyard.
HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede allowed 1 run, struck out 8 over 7 IP.
Wow, the fans went to a PCL event and a baseball game broke out!