By: Noah Wright
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After blowing a save, and eventually losing the game last night against The Miami Marlins, Giants’ closer Hunter Strickland punched a door after the game, which resulted in his throwing hand to be fractured. The righty will now miss up to 8 weeks after receiving surgery on the injured hand.
Strickland had gotten off to a good start to the season as The Giants’ closer, with a 2.84 ERA, 1.232 WHIP, and a 3.31 FIP in 31 and 2 thirds. He also had a good 8.2 K/9 rate, to go along with an ok 3.7 BB/9 rate. Strickland took over the closers role entering the year because Mark Melancon started the year on The DL. With this injury, Mark Melancon could retake the closer role, but since he’s only seen 5 and a third innings this year so far, it’s likely The Giants would want him to get more playing time in before taking over the role. Sam Dyson also has had closer experience, and has had a decent season so far. Dyson has a 2.51 ERA, .990 WHIP and 3.71 FIP, to go along with a career high 7.2 K/9 rate, and career low 2.8 walks per 9 rate in 32.1. Dyson seems to be the best option right now, but lefty Tony Watson could also be given a look at the role. However, Watson struggled badly in the role last year, which would likely play into The Giants’ decision on who takes over the 9th inning role.