If you were to tell me that the Giants would have Sam Dyson alongside Mark Melancon in the back end of the bullpen, I would have been ecstatic … before the season of course.
Both pitchers were on display for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but both had very poor starts to the season.
Sam Dyson started the year with Texas before he was ran out of town with an ERA over 10.
Coming to the Giants has worked wonders for some pitchers, and sort of did for Sam Dyson. Being acquired on waivers from the Texas Rangers, Dyson made his Giants debut on June 11 in Minnesota giving up two earned runs without recording an out.
After his rocky season continued, he would settle in very nicely and slice off more than half of his ERA.
Having Mark Melancon battle an injury all season, Dyson filled in and closed out ninth innings for the rest of 2017.
Looking forward to 2018, a bullpen with a healthy Will Smith, Sam Dyson and Mark Melancon could prove to be solid in late innings.
Dyson’s 2017 Stats (With Giants): 3-4, 4.03 ERA, 38.0 IP, 27 K’s, 18 BB’s
And last but not least … Mark Melancon. Ah, yes the guy who generated more hype than Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija combined. The savior the Giants bullpen needed after an atrocious 2016 season.
Well, Melancon’s season got off to a very ominous start as he blew the save in the very first game of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Blowing four of his 15 save opportunities and losing his job to Sam Dyson, Melancon left Giants fans unimpressed.
Because of his impressive track record and great strikeout stuff, Melancon will be given more chances than most of the Giants’ arms, and rightfully so.
All year long he battled a nagging injury, which forced him to miss significant time, then forced him to get surgery to end his season early.
Melancon year one was a mess, but a healthy Mark Melancon in 2018 will take care of the ninth inning and should provide stability in the back end of the bullpen.
Melancon’s 2017 stats: 1-2, 4.50 ERA, 30.0 IP, 29 K’s, 6 BB’s
Check back with Around the Foghorn as we continue to give our reviews for each position group on the San Francisco Giants from 2017.