How Giants have lost nearly all of their bullpen to trades, injuries

How Giants have lost nearly all of their bullpen to trades, injuries

SAN FRANCISCO -- Five days before the trade deadline, Mark Melancon stood in front of a locker at Petco Park and talked glowingly of a bullpen that was starting to look like the strongest group in the NL. Melancon spoke about how every relief pitcher knew his role on a daily basis. 

"Sometimes that chemistry thing comes into play," he said. "That plays a big part and I think the front office knows that."

Farhan Zaidi did know all about the chemistry in his bullpen. But he also knew that his best shot at adding good prospects -- like Mauricio Dubon -- was dealing from his strength. The Giants traded four relievers, including their setup man, on deadline day, turning many of their late innings over to Triple-A call-ups. 

They expected some issues. What they could not have seen coming was the wave of injuries that followed. Here are the seven guys who primarily made up the bullpen before the deadline, and where they are now:

- Will Smith: Still the closer, but dealing with a back injury
- Sam Dyson: Minnesota Twins
- Tony Watson: Likely out for year with wrist injury
- Reyes Moronta: Out for the year with a shoulder injury
- Mark Melancon: Atlanta Braves
- Trevor Gott: Out for the year with an elbow injury
- Drew Pomeranz: Milwaukee Brewers

The Giants have had six relievers make at least 30 appearances and only Smith and Watson from that group remain on the active roster, which is ironic since those were the two who were probably the most likely to get traded heading into the season. Smith is the only one likely to finish the season on the active roster.

Asked over the weekend if he could remember a bullpen changing like this one, manager Bruce Bochy immediately shook his head. 

"No, oh no. It's been pretty drastic when you look at the change," he said. "We made the trades, but the injuries, no, I can't ever remember a bullpen changing this much."

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The Giants weathered the storm for a while, getting some decent contributions from young relievers. But they're starting to feel the full weight of the trades and the injuries. They gave up four runs in the ninth inning of Monday's loss.

Entering the day, the team had been 55-0 when leading after eight innings.

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate is located in Sacramento, but their rookie dress-up day had a Reno theme.

For the team's flight from Boston to Atlanta on Thursday evening, the veterans made the youngsters don "Reno 911" cop uniforms, complete with the short shorts.

Luckily for us, most of the players embraced the outfit and posted photos on their Instagram Stories.

We'll let the images speak for themselves:

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Based on the image, 12 Giants rookies got in on the fun, and they even used a real cop car as a prop at the airport in Boston.

With 12 "cops" on the flight to Atlanta, you know no shenanigans will happen.

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

The Giants' three-game series at Fenway Park was filled with so much history. 

Between a Yastrzemski reunion and San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career managerial win, there was much to be celebrated. That was until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner took the mound.

Across five frames in the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Giants, MadBum gave up five runs and nine hits with two walks. He struck out seven, but struggled in the second frame as he approached 200 innings on the season. 

The balls that were hit off of Bumgarner's in his ninth loss of the season weren't hit all that hard. Boston beat him by putting the bat on the ball with singles from Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few.

"This has probably been his worst year as far as luck," Bochy told reporters after the game. "I thought he threw better than what the numbers are going to show."

A pattern developed this year for Bumgarner on the road, and it wasn't a pretty one.

Away from Oracle Park this season, the four-time All-Star has a career-high 5.06 ERA with an opposing batting average of .280.

Call it tough luck, but as much as this sounds like a broken record, Bumgarner will be one of the top names in free agency this offseason, and it's no secret home/road splits are taken into account. 

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Bum talked about his outing after the loss, and couldn't explain some of the hits Boston got off him.

"Things don't always go your way," he said. "It's frustrating, you know. I feel really good about the way I threw."