Entering Wednesday’s game in Arizona, the Giants pitching staff had allowed a league-low 24 home runs. Todd Wellemeyer had allowed six of those — or one-fourth.
After Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks, the Giants have allowed 30 home runs, with Wellemeyer giving up nine — or almost one-third.
The other four starters in the rotation have allowed a combined 10 home runs.
Wellemeyer is now 2-4 with a 5.71 ERA. If you only count his seven starts, his ERA is 6.16. Left-handed hitters have on OBP of .413 against him this season.
In a completely unrelated story, Giants pitching prospect Madison Bumgarner struck eight over seven shutout innings for the Fresno Grizzlies against Oklahoma City on Monday. After a dismal start at Triple-A Fresno, Bumgarner is now 3-1 with 3.64 ERA. Over his last six starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA.
Now, More Splash Hits will admit we were an advocate for Wellemeyer winning the No. 5 spot in the rotation, both in the offseason and during Wellemeyer’s fine spring outings.
But we are ready to change our tune. Actually, what we were advocating all along is that having Wellemeyer in the rotation at the start of the season would give prospects like Bumgarner more time to season at Triple-A, putting them in position for a midseason callup.
Well, we think we’ve reached that point.
But unlike other internet pundits, More Splash Hits is not calling for the immediate removal of Wellemeyer from the rotation. We believe a more prudent approach is in order.
The Giants have an off-day Monday before opening a homestand on Tuesday. So the Giants should skip Wellemeyer in the rotation and pitch him out of the bullpen. Wellemeyer has thrown three scoreless innings in relief this season.
That would put Wellemeyer on course to make his next start on May 29 against the Diamondbacks at home. But that’s OK, because Wellemeyer has better at home than on the road.
At AT&T Park, he is 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA. On the road, he’s 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA. Seven of his nine home runs allowed have come on the road.
With another day off slated for June 3, the Giants could skip Wellemeyer again. The next time they would need a No. 5 starter would be on June 8 at Cincinnati.
That would be a perfect time to call up Madison Bumgarner.
You listening Sabean and Bochy?