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San Francisco Giants: Good, Bad and Ugly from the Month of April

By Jake Mastroianni
Apr 10, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) is hit by the ball and leaves the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) is hit by the ball and leaves the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Neil Ramirez (59) pitches the ball against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Neil Ramirez (59) pitches the ball against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /

The Bad — Bullpen 

Trashing the bullpen for the problems in April is a bit unfair. For the most part, the bullpen was pretty good in April, but when they were bad, they were really bad.

They finished the month of April with an ERA of 5.04 in 75 innings pitched. Opponents hit over .250 against the Giants bullpen in April, and they had a WHIP of 1.39.

The San Francisco Giants had 10 save opportunities in the month of April, but only converted on five of those chances. They had the third most blown saves in April with five. The Toronto Blue Jays had eight, while the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays all had six.

The bullpen was definitely a concern coming into this season, and after a month I think it’s still a concern.

However, some of those numbers are inflated by a couple of bad outings. I think the bullpen will get much better throughout the season.

Still, blowing five saves in one month is frustrating after leading the league in blown saves last year.

Individually, a lot of Giants relievers had a good month in April, which is encouraging. I’m not going to be too concerned about the bullpen going forward, but it certainly wasn’t good in April.

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