SF Giants Young Bullpen
The Giants have some interesting pieces in the bullpen who have risen to or beyond anyone’s expectations in 2020.
Trevor Gott was not on many people’s radar as a potential closer, but his one earned run across six innings pitched is showing early on an ability to get the job done. Tony Watson is doing as Tony Watson does as a steady presence in any bullpen. Sam Selman has been as electric in his return to the bigs in 2020 with just one blemish in the form of a home run allowed alongside 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Everyone else though has been a roller coaster ride.
Tyler Rogers and his funky submarine delivery is fun to watch and is lethal when he has his command, but he has amassed a 10.61 ERA in 9.1 innings thus far. He has also hit three batters in that span, too.
Shaun Anderson was a possible closer-of-the-future candidate after showing some promise in the role last season, and Caleb Baragar was a late addition to the squad after a strong showing in the preseason. Both are tied for the most home runs given up by a Giants’ reliever with three while completing just eight innings.
To summarize it all: they are young and inexperienced at the big league level, so these kinds of bumps are to be expected. But if the team is hoping to make a push into the expanded playoff format this season, they will need some help in the middle innings to have leads their best relievers can hold.