After another solid performance, Ty Blach is proving that he belongs in the starting rotation for the San Francisco Giants in the future.
As we look towards 2018 and beyond for this team, we need to know who will help us win again.
The front office is hoping that the pitching staff will go back to their normal numbers in 2018. They’ve under performed this year to say the least.
Someone who could certainly give this rotation a boost in 2018 is Blach. While the veterans seem to be taking a step back later in their careers, this is the point where Blach should be improving.
That’s certainly been the case in 2017.
Working mostly out of the bullpen to begin the year, Blach had a 2.55 ERA in April. Fully inserted into the rotation, he had four quality starts in May.
However, things started to fall apart in June as he had a 5.65 ERA for the month and gave up five runs or more in three of his five starts.
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But then he apparently made some adjustments as he has been the San Francisco Giants best starting pitcher for over a month now. He has picked up a quality start in five of his last six starts.
Not only that, but he’s working deep into games, going at least seven innings in four straight starts.
His 4.24 ERA this year is best among qualifiers for Giants starting pitchers, so it’s safe to say he’s been the team’s best starting pitcher all year.
He’s not an overpowering pitcher with just 60 strikeouts in 121 innings. But when he’s on he can command the zone and get outs quickly, allowing him to go deep in games.
Blach has learned to pitch to his home ballpark where he has a 3.70 ERA this year. He knows how to keep the ball on the ground as he’s only allowed 10 home runs this year.
I’m certainly not expecting Blach to be an ace or even a top of the rotation starter for the future. But he’s certainly showing that he can be a valuable middle of the rotation starter for the San Francisco Giants going forward.