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Giants using opener 'upset the entire rhythm of the game,' Mike Krukow says

Giants using opener 'upset the entire rhythm of the game,' Mike Krukow says

"Big gulps, huh? Welp, see ya later."

Remember the infamous scene from Dumb and Dumber? The eight-second clip sums up the Giants' first experiment with an opener. But the decision to do so was far from dumb. 

The Giants had allowed 42 first-inning runs this season going into Tuesday, compared to scoring only five. Nick Vincent's first start of the year made it 45 first-inning runs for the opposition. 

"I was all on board," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said Wednesday on KNBR. "Anything to shake it up." 

Vincent, who has made 14 appearances out of the bullpen this season, allowed three earned runs in the first inning of a 7-3 Giants loss. Krukow generally sways with the thinking of baseball traditionalists. This time, however, he was ready for a change. 

Once that change happened, though, he noticed a domino effect for the Giants. The first usage of an opener had the team all out of sorts, Krukow believes. 

"It seemed to me like it just upset the entire rhythm of the game," Krukow said. "Everybody was a bit out of whack." 

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That could be true, but it doesn't mean this needs to be the end to this experiment for the Giants. When a team is having this many issues with its rotation and sits at the bottom of the NL West standings, nothing should be off the table. 

"It's not a big enough sample for someone to say that it doesn't work," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the loss. "I don't know when we would do it again, or if we would do it again, but we're not going to let one outcome dictate that."

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

Go ahead and add another name to the candidacy list to take over the Giants' managerial role after Bruce Bochy announced his retirement following the 2019 season.

San Francisco reportedly has asked the Houston Astros for permission to speak to Joe Espada, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Espada also is a candidate for the Cubs' managing job.

Espada, 44, currently is the bench coach for the Astros. His background before joining Houston includes a stint with the New York Yankees as the special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman in 2014, where he later was named the team's third-base coach. Before that, he was the third base coach for the Miami Marlins.  

He also coached the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. 

Espada was drafted by the Oakland A's in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft and spent a decade playing internationally and made it through to Triple-A.

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He joins a list of potential Giants managers that includes Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay ... to name a few.

As Heyman points out, this is a younger group of candidates, which appears to be the theme across the board for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

There surely will be many more names to come before we know who will man the Giants' dugout in 2020.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

A new name has been added to the running list of candidates to be the next Giants manager. 

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reported Thursday that the Giants are interested in Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro to fill their managerial opening left by Bruce Bochy's retirement. 

Quatraro, 45, was named Tampa Bay's bench coach prior to last season. He spent the 2018 season as the Rays' third base coach after four seasons as the Indians' assistant hitting coach. 

The Indians ranked fifth in MLB in runs per game (4.6) during his time in Cleveland and fifth in on-base percentage (.327). By comparison, the Giants ranked 28th in the majors last season in total runs scored (678) and in on-base percentage (.302). 

While Quatraro doesn't have managing experience in the big leagues, he has managed in the minors. Quatraro managed two seasons in Short-Season Class A Hudson Valley (2006-07), one season for Class A Columbus (2008) and one season for Class A Bowling Green (2009). '

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Quatraro joins known Giants candidates Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, Mark Kotsay, Pedro Grifol, Gabe Kapler and Wil Venable to possibly be the next manager in San Francisco. 

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will search far and wide, and Quatraro seems to check every box he's looking for.