Closing pitcher Hunter Strickland will be sidelined after he fractured his right hand while punching a door Monday night following a blown save. Expect Strickland to be out for six to eight weeks.
On Instagram Strickland posted a detailed apology, “I sincerely didn’t do this out of selfishness, but simply because I let down the ones that count on me most and my emotions got the best of me in that moment. So again, I’m sorry, and now I have to move forward.”
Fellow Giants reliever Mark Melancon has closing experience but is not without his issues. His recent injuries and drop in velocity have made him less effective said Manager Bruce Bochy.
Bochy went on to express further concern over Melancon—“Your closer is somebody who has to be resilient, and I’m not sure that Mark’s at that stage right now…”
Meanwhile, in Strickland’s first absence Sam Dyson earned his first save. Dyson owns a 2.45 ERA & .97 WHIP in 33 IP this season. As you’d expect—Dyson has been the hot pickup in Yahoo leagues with his own percent jumping from 3% to 20% after Bruce Bochy announced him as the closer.
Tony Watson could also see save chances if Dyson struggles. Watson has strong numbers this season but as a LHP is used more as a specialist. But ultimately both are keeping the seat warm until Mark Melancon is ready.