Sunday, July 30, 2017

The beauty of Blach

Ty Blach managed to keep the Giants in the game today in LA. He's about the only positive development this year.

He's got a 1.1 WAR value on Baseball Reference, the same as Jeff Smardizja and Madison Bumgarner. Cueto and Strickland have a 1.4 WAR and Gearin has a 1.3. Posey has the team's top WAR at 3.4, followed by Brandon Belt at 2.7. No other batters have above 0.5 and Pence is -0.8

Here's the bottom part of Henry Schulman's story for the SF Chron --

The Giants surely have gotten calls on Ty Blach, but the Giants have to hold onto him if only because he has the Dodgers pegged.
Blach faced Los Angeles for the fifth time Saturday, his first career start at Dodger Stadium, and held L.A. to two runs in seven innings. He has allowed five runs in 30 innings against the Dodgers, for a 1.50 ERA.
Saturday, Blach was staring at an early knockout. But with one out in the first inning, a run in, the bases loaded and Yasiel Puig at the plate with a 3-2 count, Blach threw a changeup that Puig chopped toward the mound. The onetime minor-league Gold Glove pitcher leaped to spear the ball and threw home to start a double play.
Blach could be around for a long time. So could the Dodgers’ Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. They could spar for years, to the benefit of this ancient rivalry. Blach would like that.
“For sure,” he said. “Facing the best of the best, that’s always the goal as major-league players. Knowing these guys are up and coming and going to be around for a while, it’s going to be fun to compete against them.”
Seager had been 0-for-5 against Blach before a three-hit game Saturday. His doubles in the first and third innings led to the two Dodgers runs.
The Giants’ only run came on Pence’s fourth-inning home run against Rich Hill. They had only three other hits, Gomez’s and Crawford’s singles in the ninth off Jansen and a Gorkys Hernandez single in the fifth off Hill.


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