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San Francisco Giants 2017 Review: Bullpen

By Taylor Wirth
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 10: Manager Bruce Bochy
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 10: Manager Bruce Bochy /
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A. . RP. San Francisco Giaints. CORY GEARRIN

PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 25: Cory Gearrin
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 25: Cory Gearrin /

Being acquired by the Giants in 2015, Gearrin posted a 2016 season where he threw almost 50 innings.

An ERA at 4.28 in 2016, Gearrin looked to bounce back in 2017. His 2017 campaign started with a month of April where he only gave up one earned run.

His numbers, as good as they are, don’t quite tell the whole story of how his season went.

Gearrin’s ERA is very deceptive, with the fact that he surrendered lots of hits, a lot of which knocked in runs that weren’t charged to him.

The un-inherited runs in which he surrendered can be seen in the 50 hits given up in his 68 innings pitched.

Other than giving up lots of un-timely hits, Gearrin had pure strike-out stuff. Striking out almost a batter per inning, he was able to work in-and-out of jams all year long.

Gearrin’s 2017 season is a lot like that of former Giants closer Brain Wilson. There always seemed to be activity on the base paths, but just like Wilson, he usually would get himself out of it somehow.

Nevertheless, Cory Gearrin had a solid 2017 season and looks to make his mark again in 2018.

Gearrin’s 2017 stats: 4-3, 1.99 ERA, 68.0 IP, 64 K’s, 35 BB’s

San Francisco Giants. HUNTER STRICKLAND. A-. . RP

DENVER, CO – JUNE 15: Pitcher Hunter Strickland
DENVER, CO – JUNE 15: Pitcher Hunter Strickland /

Hunter Strickland’s major league career has been quite eventful throughout his first three full seasons as a Giant. From turning heads as a hard-throwing rookie, to an up-and-down 2014 Postseason, to fist-fights with Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland has done all of it.

His 2017 campaign was very similar to his rookie year of 2015. Sporting a low era in the mid two’s, Strickland was a solid, reliable option in the late innings (when the Giants actually had a lead).

The hard-throwing right-hander averaged almost a strikeout per inning, while walks inflated to a career-high 29.

Strickland is known for his hot head, as the brawl with Bryce Harper re-ignited a feud between the two that took place in the 2014 NLDS where Strickland surrendered multiple homers to Harper.

Looking forward to 2018, Strickland’s consistency in the regular season almost certainly will allow him to retain his spot in the bullpen next season.

Strickland’s 2017 stats: 4-3, 2.64 ERA, 61.1 IP, 58 K’s, 29 BB’s