San Francisco Giants Chris Stratton Takes Step Forward
By Christian Stultz
There is losing and then there is losing in an ugly fashion. The second game of the San Francisco Giants series against the Mets proved to be the latter.
The chances of seeing the San Francisco Giants in the postseason is nearly zero. With that in mind though, the best fans can hope for is to see this team compete.
While the offense may not be getting the message, Chris Stratton made the most of his first opportunity back in the rotation.
Aside from a rough seventh inning, Stratton provided the Giants with a chance to take a very winnable ballgame.
After a stint back in the minors and some coaching from Giants fan favorite Ryan Vogelsong, Chris Stratton dazzled early in New York.
The biggest takeaway is his command of the corners. During his midseason struggles, Stratton was struggling to locate his fastball and instead was finding bats.
After diagnosing the problem was a mechanical issue, Stratton spoke with multiple people including Voglesong and worked to fix his issue.
The adjustments seemed to have paid dividends as Chris Stratton showed better command of the corners with his fastball, locating early in counts and staying ahead of hitters.
Although Stratton was not perfect he kept the Giants in the game and at this point that is all anyone can ask for; a chance.
A chance to grab another game and possibly stay competitive what has been a weak year for the NL West.
If Chris Stratton can find his early season form once more, he may be able to fight his way back in the battle for a rotation spot.
Regardless of his stability in the rotation, Stratton may very well be auditioning for the rest of the MLB at this point.
With a little more than a month left in the season, Chris Stratton will be looking to put his best foot forward in every opportunity.