Here we review the 2017 San Francisco Giants and give grades for every relief pitcher from this season.
The 2016 San Francisco Giants almost had one of the most epic collapses in sports history last year. Riding atop the baseball world before the All-Star break, only to nearly miss the playoffs at the hands of the bullpen (mostly).
After the dreaded bullpen blew what would be the most costly save of the year against the Cubs in NLDS game 4, the offseason plan was clear.
Everybody up-and-down the entire state of California, on the West Coast, and throughout the country knew the San Francisco Giants needed to revamp their terrible bullpen.
With the losses of struggling veterans, and the addition of seasoned veterans, how exactly did the Giants bullpen fare in 2017?
One of the longest tenured arms on the Giants pitching staff, Kontos was a key member of the bullpen for two of the Giants World Series runs.
One of the more consistent relief pitchers in all of the National League, boasted ERA’s under 3.00 in four of his five and a half years with the team.
His only bad season coming in 2013, where he surrendered 30 earned runs in 55 innings pitched, while sporting a 4.39 ERA.
Kontos has great strikeout stuff, as he punched out 55 batters in 51 innings pitched in more than half a season with the Giants.
After joining the Pirates, Kontos shined, as he rocked a 1.84 ERA in 14.2 innings pitched. A great member of the Giants title runs, his consistency and strikeout stuff will be missed dearly.
Kontos’s 2017 stats: 0-5, 3.83 ERA, 51.2 IP, 55 K’s, 17 BB’s