Ty Blach has had his ups-and-downs early in his major league career, but a strong start to spring training has the San Francisco Giants hopeful for a bright future.
And I don’t just mean the future for Blach, but for the Giants in general.
After trading Matt Moore this offseason, we knew someone was going to have to step up in the starting rotation. Although, some would say Blach was already more trustworthy as a starter than Moore.
Still, we’ve yet to see Blach do it over an entire season.
He’s looked really good through three starts this spring with a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched with 8 hits and no walks allowed to go along with 9 strikeouts.
Zero walks is obviously huge for Blach as he walked 43 batters in 163.2 innings pitched last year. That’s not terrible, but he doesn’t have enough swing-and-miss stuff to allow free passes.
Last year he only struck out 73 batters for a K/9 of 4.0, which ranked 58th best among starters in 2017.
With a pitcher like Blach who pitches to contact, he needs a lot of help from his defense. That’s why I think he will benefit the most from what should be a much improved defense in 2018.
I think at this point we all know what his capabilities are. He’s never going to be an ace of a staff, but he certainly can be a solid number three for the Giants for years to come.
That’s certainly what the Giants are going to need if they hope to compete for a Wild Card spot in 2018.
If Blach can prove to be a consistent pitcher that is going to give you six quality innings every time he takes the mound, than to me the Giants are in pretty good shape this year.
I know it’s still early in spring — and it’s spring training — but early results from Blach are giving the Giants and their fans hope.