Ideas to improve ERAs
The stat sheet is full of high ERAs for Giants starters, none worse than Matt Moore’s 5.39, which is the third highest in the majors.
In discussing news that the Giants plan to exercise Moore’s $9 million option for 2018, manager Bruce Bochy expressed confidence that all of his pitchers’ ERAs will go down next season with a better defense, which will be a winter priority, particularly in the outfield.
“I think it’s going to affect the whole pitching staff, getting this defense tightened,” Bochy said. “I’ve said so many times, pitching and defense go hand in hand. We’ve got to get back to who we are.”
Bochy already has talked to Denard Span about moving from center to left field next year, when he will be 34, while the Giants pursue a younger center fielder. Any corner outfield signings or acquisitions
meant to bolster the lineup could impact the defense as well.
The Giants had been signaling their intent to exercise Moore’s option rather than allowing him to leave as a free agent. The club has a $10 million option for 2019. General manager Bobby Evans confirmed the Giants’ intent Saturday after the Los Angeles Times reported it.
In a Chronicle interview 10 days ago, Moore said he wanted to stay in San Francisco.
“It’s been great, the time I’ve been here, minus the winning percentage,” he said “I’ve really enjoyed the city and staff we work with every day, the ballpark and the division.”
Pence longevity: The Giants held a brief ceremony in the clubhouse before batting practice to celebrate Hunter Pence’s 1,500th big-league game Friday night. The clubhouse toast had to be a happier occasion than the game, which he had to leave prematurely with back spasms.
Bochy said he hopes Pence and Gorkys Hernandez (left wrist soreness) will be ready to return by Tuesday for the first of two games against the Rockies.
Hernandez can play the field and did for two innings Friday. Bochy had Hernandez replace Pence so Bochy could choose either Jarrett Parker or Mac Williamson to pinch hit in that spot based on who was pitching for Arizona.
Cepeda’s 80th: Former teammates and fellow Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry helped celebrate Orlando Cepeda’s 80th birthday during a pregame ceremony. The fans sang “Happy Birthday” to Cepeda, who was presented a cake.