How five pitchers Giants traded are doing with their new teams
Mark Melancon (Braves)
When Melancon agreed to waive his no-trade clause, most of the attention was paid to the fact that Farhan Zaidi somehow shed the rest of a rather large contract. Nobody really talked about how good the deal would be for Melancon, but he has found a nice situation.
Injuries and ineffectiveness cost Melancon the closer job in San Francisco, but he has taken over the ninth in Atlanta and has five saves in five opportunities, including four in his last five appearances. Melancon has allowed seven runs in 10 1/3 innings, but four came in one appearance in which he recorded just one out. He has 13 strikeouts and just one walk.
Melancon could end up being the postseason closer for a team that should easily win the NL East.
Sam Dyson (Twins)
Dyson was the best of this group in San Francisco, serving as Will Smith's setup man. But Minnesota has been an up-and-down ride. Dyson allowed three runs without recording an out in his first appearance and then three more a day later. He was put on the IL with right biceps tendinitis and said it originally flared up in mid-July while with the Giants.
Dyson has been much better since returning, allowing one run in seven appearances. On Saturday he threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings before handing the ball over to Sergio Romo and Taylor Rogers, Tyler's twin brother. Like Melancon, Dyson is likely headed for the playoffs. The Twins lead the AL Central.
Drew Pomeranz (Brewers)
The Pomeranz deal was one of the most fascinating in years, because Zaidi somehow turned a few intriguing relief appearances from a failed starter into Mauricio Dubon, a good prospect who was called up Tuesday.
Pomeranz has continued to pitch well since the deal, making 11 appearances, one of which was a three-inning start. In 12 innings he has allowed four earned runs on seven hits and piled up 18 strikeouts. Pomeranz was whiffing a lot of batters after the Giants shifted his role, and he struck out six in a two-inning relief appearance on Sunday.
Ray Black (Brewers)
Black went from San Antonio to Richmond, Virginia right before the deadline to join the taxi squad, then turned around and went right back to San Antonio when the Giants dealt him. He just switched Triple-A clubhouses. The travel hasn't been much easier since the trade.
Black was called up after two weeks but then got optioned back to Triple-A. He was called up again last week. Overall, he has allowed two earned runs in four appearances.
Derek Holland (Cubs)
Holland wasn't a deadline deal, but he was traded in July. After the Giants DFA'd the veteran lefty, he was sent to the Cubs for cash considerations. Like the others, he's right in the thick of the playoff race.
Holland has a 4.66 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 12 appearances with the Cubs. He gave up a high-profile walk-off to Bryce Harper but generally has pitched better than he did in San Francisco. Holland is currently on the injured list with a left wrist contusion.