Giants alter rotation order, show faith in Lincecum


Giants alter rotation order, show faith in Lincecum

PITTSBURGH -- The Giants understand they will sink or swim with Tim Lincecum in the second half. So they won't bother throwing him much rope after the All-Star break.

In an unmistakable show of faith, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced that Lincecum will start the second game out of the break. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who will have the longest layoff among the starters, will pitch Friday's series opener against the Houston Astros. Lincecum will follow and Matt Cain, who is expected to pitch in the All-Star Game, will slot back into the rotation after that.

The coaching staff continued to debate which order to start Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong in Atlanta.

The alignment ensures that Lincecum will make his first start at home, and not in the sweltering heat at Turner Field. But Bochy said more went into the decision than that.

"He's still our guy," Bochy said of Lincecum, who is 3-9 and a 6.08 ERA that ranks 102nd out of 104 major league pitchers who qualify for the ERA title. "He and Matt and Bum, we want to get those guys out there as much as we can in the second half.

"Because we think he's going to have a better second half."

Lincecum is scheduled to pitch Sunday's series finale at Pittsburgh before he goes home to Seattle for the All-Star break. He'd get just one extra day beyond his usual rest. Bochy said he didn't see any point to push back Lincecum, adding that he didn't need to throw any more bullpen sessions.

"Really, Timmy has thrown well in his 'pens," Bochy said.

The manager said Lincecum was throwing better in his last start at Washington, even while giving up a career-high eight earned runs. Bochy chose to see that start as an anomaly because Lincecum "ran out of gas" in hot conditions.

His second start probably won't be in cool climes, though. It'll come at Philadelphia.

Should Lincecum see the alignment as a vote of confidence, especially among so many voices that the Giants should skip him or even pull him from the rotation?

"Really, if that's how he wants to take it, that's great," Bochy said. "But that's how we feel. We want to get him back out there."

As for the final two spots, the obvious move would be to pitch Zito fourth to keep the left-handers split up. But Bochy said Zito and Bumgarner are sufficiently different pitchers so that might not be the way they decide to go.

Bochy added that none of the five starters needed extra rest or time to heal up.

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft


Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline. 

The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A. 

Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips. 

Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster. 

Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year. 

The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a  waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster. 

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.