For most of the past decade, the release of the MLB schedule for Giants fans has not been overly dramatic. The organization loved to assert itself, and it was rare for a big name to end up somewhere else and the first matchup was a story.
That has changed in the past two seasons, and Friday’s game would have been associated with some juicy storylines. The Giants should be in Atlanta tonight and face a Braves club that built its bullpen around a pair of former Giants, Will Smith and Mark Melancon.
The game was simulated on PlayStation “MLB: The Show” and aired on Friday in the NBC Sports Bay Area. It was a familiar feeling for all Giants fans. The digital version of Melancon gave a long Homer in two runs on virtual Hunter Pence in a one-time game. The Giants won 7-4.
In real life, this game would have been part of a tough three-city journey that would have been a big part of the early season for a franchise company that was going to rebuild faster than Melancon was treated.
It took a while for Farhan Zaidi to gain the trust of the fan base, but he made great strides on July 31 when he managed to get out of the roughly $ 18 million that was left with a contract that was partly to overthrow his successor led. Zaidi has been trying to find financial flexibility since he was hired, and this step has certainly helped. The Giants have just signed a multi-year contract under Zaidi – Wilmer Flores at $ 6.25 million – and expect to return to the hands of the future in the coming years once their previous financial commitments have been resolved.
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However, the underestimated part of this deal was the return. Dan Winkler is no longer in the organization, but the Giants are delighted with 23-year-old right-hander Tristan Beck, a Stanford product that had an ERA of 2.27 after trading in six starts for San Jose. The Giants sent Beck to the Arizona Fall League, where he saw an increase in speed. Whenever the minor league season resumes, he should go to Double-A Richmond, join Sean Hjelle, and hopefully the next wave of pitching toward Oracle Park.
The Melancon deal advanced the Giants well and also worked for the veteran pitcher. Last year of this massive four-year deal, he prepared to work with Smith at a Braves club that would have been one of the favorites in the National League this season.
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