With Chris Stratton battling inconsistency, the final weeks of the season offer him a chance to build off of a tough year. As the San Francisco Giants took on the Padres, the opportunity was there for him to build towards 2019.
Stratton took the hill, coming off of his first big league complete game in his previous start, and looked as though he may be set for a good game after the first inning.
He even took advantage of a bases loaded situation early, providing the San Francisco Giants with a three run double. Just as things poised themselves for a good game, Chris Stratton pulled off his best Jekyll and Hyde performance, and surrendered fives runs in the bottom of the second inning.
So the mystery of Chris Stratton continues. Although he was unable to deliver against the Padres, all in all, Stratton has been fairly solid since his return from the minor leagues. The biggest question of his starts seem to be, what inning will he lose command?
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Most of the damage done against Stratton seems to come in one inning, take Wednesday for example, when he loses command of the fastball and just seems unable to get guys out.
It was a rough night all around for the Giants but there were positive notes as well. Though the offense shows continued ineptitude, the younger guys are showing growth and better at-bats.
Aramis Garcia, whom took over first base duties for the night, showed off some pop with a home run late in the game.
With Buster Posey still securely seated at catcher next season, it should be noted that Garcia may very well play himself into a backup role with a strong September.
With the season essentially over for the San Francisco Giants, the final weeks of the season should become an extended tryout for guys like Aramis Garcia and others. Playoff baseball isn’t in store but watching the young guns do some damage can prove to make an interesting end of the year.