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Much needed win for Giants, Wellemeyer

Well, the Todd Wellemeyer experiment worked. The Giants’ No. 5 starter had a solid outing against the Washington Nationals, snapping the Giants’ five-game losing streak.

Wellemeyer continued to pitch well at AT&T Park, even though he gets lit up on the road.

His next start will come Sunday against Arizona. But then the Giants really need to think about giving him a pass the next time his turn comes in the rotation.

The Giants have a day off on June 3, which will allow the Giants not to skip Wellemeyer completely, but to push his start back a couple of days. If he stays on turn, Wellemeyer would pitch June 5 in Pittsburgh. It would also mean he would pitch in the finale of the series in Cincinnati.

But if the Giants keep their other four pitchers on an every-five-day schedule, Wellemeyer would make only one start in the road trip to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

Of course, if he falters Sunday at home against Arizona, this whole plan may be moot.


Giants moving forward with Wellemeyer

In our last blog post, we discussed what the Giants should do with their No. 5 starter, Todd Wellemeyer, in the wake of an ugly outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Well, five days later, we have our answer. Wellemeyer will not be pulled from the rotation. And even worse, he will not be skipped in the rotation, even though the schedule provides a perfect opportunity to do so.

Why? The Giants have the reasons. They are:

  • The pitcher the Giants were considering as a callup in place of Wellemeyer was Eric Hacker. But Hacker is not on the 40-man roster. To call up Hacker, the Giants would need to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, and they were not ready to do that.
  • Tim Lincecum struggled in his last outing, and the Giants wanted to give their ace one more day of rest before his next start.
  • Wellemeyer has pitched far better at home than on the road, and his next two scheduled starts would come at AT&T Park.

These seem like reasonable reasons. But we offer some  reasons to the contrary.

  • The Giants’ offense is struggling, having gone scoreless in the past 20 innings and scoring only once in the past 30 innings. You don’t want Giants hitters thinking they’ll need to score 3 or 4 runs to produce a victory. They need to know they can relax after scoring one or two. Pitching Lincecum allows the hitters to relax, than throwing Wellemeyer.
  • The Giants are currently riding a season-high five-game losing streak. They need a stopper. That is Lincecum, not Wellemeyer.
  • The way the team is hitting, they need to throw out their best pitchers every day. That screams to pass Wellemeyer whenever possible.
  • If the Giants skipped Wellemeyer Tuesday, and again next week when off days provide another opportunity, it would allow Barry Zito to miss the next series against the Oakland A’s, a team that he has never had any success against since leaving the team via free agency.


Wellemeyer will compete for job

As players began to report to Arizona for spring training, Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Tuesday that non-roster invitee Todd Wellemeyer will be allowed with 20-year-old Madison Bumgarner and others for the team’s No. 5 rotation spot.

“It makes it more competitive when you sign a guy like Wellemeyer, I
think it’s fair to say. There are no givens here,” Bochy told the Associated Press. “We think
a lot of Madison, but you always want depth. It is always good to have

Hmmm, perhaps Bochy was reading posts on moresplashhits.

Giants sign Wellemeyer to minor-league deal

The Giants signed veteran right-hander Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league deal Wednesday and gave him an invitation to spring training.

The Giants have said they are looking at the 31-year-old former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher as a long reliever, but he could be given a chance to compete for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
The Giants have said they would like to fill that spot in the rotation with in-house talent like Joe Martinez, Madison Bumgarner or Kevin Pucetas.
But they would be wise to allow Wellemeyer to at least compete for that spot. Whatever increases the chances that Bumgarner open the season at Fresno.
Bumgarner pitched well for the Giants during his September call-up last year. But the Giants should resist the temptation of rushing the 20-year-old left-hander. He won’t turn 21 until August.
They ran Matt Cain out to the majors at age 20. And while he showed moments of great promise, he also struggled with consistency, finally maturing with an outstanding season last year at age 24.
But the bigger issue could be a lesson learned from Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum was drafted in 2006 and called up to the majors in early May 2007 when Russ Ortiz was injured.
However, had the Giants waited a couple of weeks before calling on Lincecum, he would not have been eligible for arbitration this year. Now, the Giants are looking dead at a potential $13 million windfall for the two-time Cy Young winner through arbitration.
With Barry Zito’s contract running through 2013 and Lincecum potentially being in the arbitration process through 2013 (if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal), wouldn’t it be better for Bumgarner’s first year of arbitration to come in 2014, instead of 2013?
Then, wouldn’t it be better for Bumgarner to open the year in Fresno, with an eye on a midseason callup?