SF Giants Back to the Future: 2016 Bullpen Issues Carry Over to 2017

Mark Melancon Giants

It was a start of a new season, and all the 2016 bullpen issues were behind us. At least that’s what we thought. The San Francisco Giants bullpen blew the opening game in the 8th and again in the 9th. Derek Law came in the 8th with a 1-run lead and gave up 3 hits without getting any Arizona Diamondbacks out. Luckily, Ty Blach was able to come in and get the G-men out of big jam.

In the 9th, the Giants were able to get the lead right back. This meant Giants fans got a chance to see their big acquisition, closer Mark Melancon in action. It started out just like you would expect. Melancon got two quick outs and was 3-strikes away (1 out), from recording his first save in a Giants uniform. However, that wasn’t in the cards. The D-Backs managed to get 4 straight hits off Melancon to tie, and then get the walk off hit to win the game.

I know it seems like 2016 all over again, but I’m not going to even get caught up in that mindset. I have a ton of confidence in Law and Melancon so I’ll chalk that up as some opening day jitters.

2016 Blown Saves






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1 Comment

  • Patrick Ottone says:

    Why do you have confidence in Law? Check his record. Has yet to prove himself even over an entire year. My question is why Hernandez was pinch hitting for Parker rather than Marrero? A key hit could have busted this game wide open.