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San Francisco Giants: Best and Worst Hitters and Pitchers of June

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 30: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run off of Shelby Miller #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field on June 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 30: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run off of Shelby Miller #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field on June 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 26: Sam Dyson #49 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the ninth inning at AT&T Park on June 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 3-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 26: Sam Dyson #49 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the ninth inning at AT&T Park on June 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 3-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

I would love to give this to Hunter Strickland for uncontrollably smashing his hand in rage, but he appeared in 9 games and fell just short of the threshold.

Dyson is the best option here simply because there is a lack of other suitable options. Every other qualified pitcher, starter or reliever, on the Giants had a 3.60 ERA or better making it tough to give any of them this distinction.

The first choice to replace Strickland after he broke his hand, Dyson has gotten 3 saves this month but seems to have been demoted from the primary closer option to being apart of a closer-by-committee with Will Smith among potential others.

However, a handful of poor appearances anoints him the distinct honor of worst pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in June.

He blew two save opportunities en route to a brutal 5.11 ERA over 12.1 innings in 14 appearances, but his peripheral numbers still look good. He struck out a solid 12 batters and issued just 3 walks in those appearances.

He did give up 2 long balls in the 12.1 innings, which seem to be the primary reason for his bloated ERA this past month. Homers can be fluky, especially for relievers, so I wouldn’t worry about this becoming a reoccurring theme for the righty, as he sports a career 0.7 HR/9.

Honorable Mention: None?

Like I said, the pitching staff was really, really good this month. You don’t just waltz into a 2.70 ERA with one or two good pitchers – everyone’s got to pull their weight.

Next: San Francisco Giants Make Big Splash with Marco Luciano

Or, in the case of Cory Gearrin, you just don’t have to be put into the game (he pitched just 5 innings in June).

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