SF Giants: 3 trends that have been concerning through the first month
2. The bullpen
This one shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone after the first month of the season. The Giants have had the lead in so many games, only to lose them when the bullpen takes over.
Because of the lack of a bullpen that can win a game, the Giants' record doesn’t reflect how close the games have been. But the bullpen is the difference between a good team that wins those games and a bad team that loses those types of games.
That’s not to say there haven’t been some arms in the pen that haven’t been good. However, the only people that I trust to secure a win are Camilo Doval and John Brebbia. Other than that, Taylor and Tyler Rogers, Sean Hjelle, Scott Alexander, Jacob Junis, Sean Manea, and Ross Stripling have been less than impressive.
So far this season, the Giants have a 6.04 bullpen ERA. That is the third-worst in all of baseball and the worst in the National League. That basically means relievers are coming in and dumping gasoline on the offense.
There is no doubt that the bullpen will need to be better if the Giants hope to win some close games.