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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 19: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Evan Longoria #10 after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 19, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 19: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Evan Longoria #10 after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 19, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – MAY 31: Starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz #37 of the San Francisco Giants works the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 31, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Table 4: Pitchers with the least to show for their quality of contact allowed

Name                        wOBA           xwOBA         Difference

Drew Pomeranz       .397               .353                  .044
Mark Melancon        .352               .310                  .042
Nick Vincent              .356               .335                  .021
Tyler Beede               .348               .336                  .012
Derek Holland          .359               .354                  .005
League Avg.              .322               .321                  .001

The presence of Pomeranz and Holland on this list isn’t particularly shocking given how much they’ve been shelled so far this season.

Both remain less than ideal options, but even a slightly more productive stretch could be useful, especially if the Giants are desperate for innings after the trade deadline.

No one would blame you if you forgot Vincent was still on the team. He’s been dealing with a pectoral injury for a while now, but he could be back soon after recently starting a rehab assignment. These numbers don’t really move the needle either way.

Melancon’s disparity is pretty dramatic and makes him look like a decent seventh-inning option down the stretch. He’ll get those opportunities, especially if even two of Will Smith, Tony Watson, and Dyson are moved at the deadline.

Next. MLB-ready trade deadline targets (Part 1)

Beede is the most exciting arm on the Giants’ roster and it’s nice to see that some of his struggles are due to a bit of bad luck. His stuff still gives him the ceiling to be a legitimate middle of the rotation arm. Hopefully, further adjustments along with better batted-ball luck can help him live up to that potential.

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