The SF Giants rotation has been their biggest downfall through the first half of the season, and while Logan Webb and Alex Cobb have spectacularly led the way, the rest of the unit certainly needs to pick up the slack.
Veteran SF Giants starter activated, Tristan Beck optioned to Triple-A
While Cobb and Webb have anchored the rotation, the production from Sean Manaea, Alex Wood, and Ross Stripling have all left something to be desired. The Giants hope that will change with the return of Anthony DeSclafani. He was activated from the injured list on Tuesday with Tristan Beck being optioned back to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.
That boost will come in the form of Anthony DeSclafani, who will make his return on Tuesday night in the game against the Cincinnati Reds, and after some solid rehab outings, the team will be looking for a major bounceback following a poor showing so far in 2023.
Overall on the year, DeSclafani has a 4.44 ERA through 17 starts, but struggled through his last 10, posting a 5.96 ERA, so this start will be a major sign of how the team's rotation will begin panning out throughout the second half.
The 33-year old was stellar for San Francisco in their record-breaking 2021 campaign, but since that point he has largely struggled to find consistency, but with a three-year contract that ends after next season, the team will be hoping he can at least be a solid fourth or fifth option for the remainder of that time.
The Giants need more stability in the back end of the rotation and they need someone like DeSclafani or Wood to really step up and be the pitcher they have been. Unfortunately, solid outings from the back end have been few and far between.
On the other hand, Tristan Beck was optioned back to Triple-A. The rookie pitcher has been excellent in 2023 as he has posted a 3.06 ERA with 38 strikeouts against 12 walks across 50 innings. Despite this, he has been shuttled to and from Sacramento due to the fact that he has minor league options remaining. Beck should be back soon enough as the Giants really need to find a way to get more production out of the rotation.