Ex-Giants searching for World Series title with new teams
Mauricio Dubon might be the opening day second baseman in San Francisco, but this deal did work out pretty well for the Brewers, too.
Drew Pomeranz showed flashes of brilliance out of the bullpen in the weeks before the trade and turned into a real difference-maker in Milwaukee. Pomeranz struck out 25 and walked just one in 13 1/3 September innings. Overall, he has a 2.39 ERA in 25 appearances for the Brewers, with 45 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.
Ray Black had a few hiccups that raised his ERA to 5.06, but was scoreless in 12 of 15 appearances after the trade. Oh, and remember Tyler Austin? He's here, too. DFA'd by the Giants, Austin joined the Brewers in September, getting four hits in 20 at-bats, with six walks and a homer.
Hunter Strickland had some serious home run issues in his first postseason with the Giants, but he'll get another shot in D.C.
Strickland was traded to the Nationals at the deadline and had a 5.14 ERA in 24 appearances. Gerardo Parra was DFA'd after a forgettable month with the Giants but ended up making 89 appearances for the Nationals. He had a .250/.300/.447 slash line with eight homers.
Mark Melancon lost the closer job in San Francisco, but he'll enter October pitching the ninth for the NL East champs. Melancon was perfect in 11 save opportunities for the Braves, posting a 3.86 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning.
Adam Duvall made 41 appearances for the Braves, hitting 10 homers in 120 at-bats with an OPS of .882. Charlie Culberson also is still with the Braves, but his season is done after a stray fastball caused facial fractures.
Cory Gearrin started the year in Seattle and finished it in New York. That's a nice upgrade. Gearrin had a 4.07 ERA for the season but gave up seven runs in 14 innings for the Yankees. He was pretty good down the stretch, though, throwing up a zero in eight of his final nine appearances.
Cameron Maybin was let go by the Giants in the spring and ended up having a nice season in New York. The outfielder hit .285 with 11 homers and posted a .858 OPS for a team that desperately needed the help after so many injuries
Ehire Adrianza had the best year of his career in his fourth season with the Twins, hitting .272 with five homers while moving all over the field. He even served as Manager For The Day on Sunday.
Sergio Romo is back in the postseason, where he once threw the final pitch of a season. Romo was traded over from the Marlins and had a 3.43 ERA in 65 appearances. His WHIP was 0.93 after the trade and he struck out 27 batters in 22 2/3 innings with the Twins. Romo helps get the ball to closer Taylor Rogers, who is Tyler's twin.
Welcome back to the bay, Matt Duffy. The former Giants fan favorite returns for the Wild Card Game. He hit .252 with one homer for the Rays this season, but the most important thing was that he was back on the field the entire second half after years of dealing with injuries.
Yusmeiro Petit had one of the most underrated performances in playoff history when he kept extending the game in Washington D.C. He's in the Wild Card Game for the second straight year and plays a big role for the A's. Petit had a 2.71 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in 80 appearances, which was the most in the American League.