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Apr 10, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The Giants won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The Giants won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 10, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The Giants won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants first full week of baseball came to a close with a 2-5 record. Over the weekend, fans sent their questions our way. We’ll do our best to answer them.

After the San Francisco Giants first seven games, the whole of Giants’ twitter was a mess. Sunday’s straightforward win included five runs, seven innings from the starter, and a successful hold and save from the bullpen.

While it was nervy, it likely has Giants fans at least somewhat relaxed. But before then, one of our very own sent a question our way that was probably going through the majority of Giants’ twitter’s heads:

The Giants answered that themselves on Sunday. While we know it was sarcastic, it felt right to include that in our mailbag. The other sarcastic question came from Red’s fan that follows us, for some reason I guess:

I honestly chuckled out loud at this one. But let’s pretend this guy was actually serious. The Reds bullpen has actually pitched 23.1 innings so far this season, and have allowed a total of five earned runs. So yes, maybe after the first few games, the Giants bullpen could learn a few things from the Red’s 2017 bullpen. But if it was the 2016 Reds bullpen? No way Jose.

The 2016 Reds bullpen had a 5.09 ERA, and a 4.79 xFIP in 583 innings. As a collective unit, the Reds bullpen was worth a -3.6 WAR. While the Giants blew the most saves of any team in baseball in 2017, they still posted an ERA under four, and an xFIP of 4.09. They were worth 2.1 WAR, so 5.7 wins better than the Reds ‘pen. We’ll see if they flip flop and regress/progress to their mean. But so far in 2017, the Reds bullpen has been nails. So props to them for going from the worst bullpen in baseball by WAR, and being decent.

Now, on to some serious ones.

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