Nationals vs. Giants lineups: Conner Menez makes second big league start

Nationals vs. Giants lineups: Conner Menez makes second big league start

The Giants lineup will be without Joe Panik as they continue their series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday after the longtime second baseman was DFA'd

Scooter Gennett will have starting honors. 

Panik sent out a heartfelt message to the organization and fans saying he will forever be a Giant. 

This, of course, started a slew of moves, with Conner Menez being promoted to the big league club to get the start on the mound and Williams Jerez was added to the roster from Triple-A. Sam Selman was optioned in order to clear an additional roster spot.

The Nats will send Aníbal Sánchez to the mound which could create some trouble for the Orange and Black. The 35-year-old has not recorded a loss since May 10. The 12-game stretch has him going 6-0 with a 2.88 ERA. And against San Francisco across his career, he's 3-0 with a 0.58 ERA in four starts -- two of those have been complete-game shutouts.

The Nationals on Tuesday announced the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera. He's not in the starting lineup.

As far as the Giants' side of the ball, Menez will make his second major league start and the team continues to be without Alex Dickerson. He's been placed on the 10-day IL with a right oblique strain.

Here are how the lineups look to take shape at Oracle Park on Tuesday night.

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Washington Nationals (59-53)

Trea Turner, SS
Gerardo Parra, RF
Anthony Rendon, 3B
Juan Soto, LF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Brian Dozier, 2B
Matt Adams, 1B
Victor Robles, CF
Aníbal Sánchez, P (6-6, 3.80 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (56-57)

Brandon Belt, 1B
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Buster Posey, C
Stephen Vogt, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Conner Menez, P (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

MLB rumors: Giants to hire Reds' Donnie Ecker as new hitting coach

MLB rumors: Giants to hire Reds' Donnie Ecker as new hitting coach

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are hoping to see a youth movement in their lineup over the next couple of seasons. They're apparently going with the same approach on their coaching staff. 

Cincinnati Reds assistant hitting coach Donnie Ecker will be named the Giants' hitting coach, according to Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. The Giants did not immediately confirm the hire. They are expected to announce their staff next week at the Winter Meetings. Ecker, 33, is just five years removed from being the baseball coach at Los Altos High, his alma mater. 

The Giants have spent the last month putting Gabe Kapler's staff in place, and they have not looked in traditional corners. They have worked to surround Kapler with coaches who take a more modern approach and can help develop the next Giants contender, and Ecker certainly qualifies as an interesting hire. 

Ecker spent just one season as assistant hitting coach in Cincinnati. In 2018 he was the Triple-A hitting coach for the Angels, and before that, he coached in the minors for the Cardinals for three seasons. Ecker's coaching career began in 2013 when he took a job at Los Altos High, where he was a two-sport star in baseball and football. Ecker was a 22nd-round pick of the Rangers in 2007 but got just 97 minor league at-bats. 

Ecker certainly is a bit of an out-of-the-box hire, but that might be just what the Giants need after years of struggling to put together a lineup that can hit at Oracle Park. Ecker's bio with the Reds stated that "his teaching methods incorporate human movement research and technology-based applications to the body and swing." He is described as someone who is an "integrated movement specialist."

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Once confirmed, Ecker will join third base coach Ron Wotus as members of Kapler's staff. The Giants also have hired Brian Bannister as Director of Pitching but it's unclear if that role will have him in the dugout. 

MLB rumors: Giants targeted Georgia's Sean Kenny as next pitching coach

MLB rumors: Giants targeted Georgia's Sean Kenny as next pitching coach

The Giants' coaching staff under manager Gabe Kapler is starting to take shape. 

The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly reported Sunday that San Francisco was in negotiations with Indians defensive coordinator Kai Correa, and sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic on Wednesday that Brian Bannister, a former big leaguer who spent the previous five seasons with the Red Sox, will join the Giants as their director of pitching

Speaking of pitching, the Giants appear to be on the hunt for a new pitching coach. And their search seems far and wide. 

D1Baseball's Kendall Rogers reported Wednesday that the Giants targeted the University of Georgia's pitching coach Sean Kenny for the same role in the big leagues. But, UGA made sure Kenny stayed in Athens. 

Kendall says the Giants have looked at several candidates from college and the pros, and Kenny looks like a prime coach on the rise. The former 17th-round pick of the Mets became Georgia's pitching coach before the 2018 season and instantly made a huge impact. 

Georgia's pitching staff lowered its team ERA 1.05 points to 3.97 in Kenny's first year on the job, and set a school record with a .236 opponent's batting average. That number dropped to a lowly .200 last season, as UGA's ERA fell to 3.24 while setting a school record with 601 strikeouts. 

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The Giants haven't formally announced that Curt Young will not return for a third season as their pitching coach, but it was expected that Kapler would bring in several new coaches. The only known coach to come back next season is Ron Wotus, who will be in his 33rd year with the Giants organization.

Bench coach Hensley Meulens has joined the Mets, and hitting coach Alonzo Powell accepted a job in Japan in the same role.