The San Francisco Giants are still awaiting the start of the MLB season, but when play does resume, it’s clear that Jarlin Garcia and Wandy Peralta have both earned roster spots.
The San Francisco Giants and the rest of the MLB world are still biding their time as they wait for the start of the MLB season.
At this point, it’s unclear when that might actually be, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating what the team’s roster will look like come Opening Day. And in this case, we’ll be discussing the Giants’ bullpen.
More specifically, we’ll be discussing the lefties in their bullpen.
A couple of weeks back, the Giants made a host of roster cuts and among those was veteran southpaw Jerry Blevins. Blevins struggled in training camp surrendering nine runs in just 3 and 2/3 innings pitched before getting released.
And after his struggles in Atlanta last year, there was no way the Giants were going to keep him around. That’s doubly true given the new rule changes that will require pitchers to face a three-batter minimum.
Lefty-specialists like Blevins could soon be a trend of the past.
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But with Blevins gone, where does that leave the Giants in regards to lefties out of the bullpen?
Of course, Tony Watson was always going to make the roster and there’s a good chance he opens the season as the team’s primary ninth-inning man. However, behind him things were uncertain.
But after what we saw in the spring, it’s hard to imagine there’s too much discussion about it anymore.
February waiver claim Jarlin Garcia helped earn himself a roster spot following a dominant spring in which he allowed no runs in five innings pitched while also striking out eight batters. The former Miami Marlins reliever will undoubtedly be on the Giants’ Opening Day roster.
But joining him will likely be another lesser-known reliever on the roster, lefty Wandy Peralta. Peralta was claimed off waivers last September after pitching a few seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and he was relatively forgettable in him brief stint with the Giants last year.
In eight relief appearances, Peralta allowed two runs in 5.2 innings while striking out five. But similarly to Garcia, Peralta was at his best this spring appearing in eight games while allowing no runs and striking out 10 in 5.0 innings pitched.
Two waiver-wire additions who shined in spring training will likely be the Giants’ primary lefties out of the bullpen, assuming Watson holds down the closer role.
If that doesn’t exemplify what the 2020 San Francisco Giants are I don’t know what does.
Here’s to hoping that at least one of the two is able to solidify themselves as a reliable late-inning reliever before the season is over.