by
Greek Giant

Tonight the Giants begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates in one of the prettiest parks in the game. The Pirates come into tonight’s game with a record of 22-26 and have all the buzz because they promoted Major League Baseball’s top prospect, Paul Skenes about ten days ago. The pitching phenom has been mostly as advertised (1-0, 2.70) and he will pitch against the Giants in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon. He has a mean 100 MPH fastball and has a very powerful, intimidating presence on the mound. Think Nolan Ryan but bigger!

Here are the pitching matchups:

Tonight at 6:40 PM: Webb vs Perez
Tomorrow night at 6:40 PM: TBD vs Jones
Thursday afternoon at 12:35: TBD vs. Skenes

The Pirates have five players with five or more homers with Oneill Cruz leading the way at 7 long balls. This is a team that finds power but has inconsistencies with its pitching.

Giants Injury News

As we all know the Giants have many players on the IL. That’s one of the big reasons the boys in orange and black have called up Heliot Ramos, Maston Black, Marco Luciano, and Luis Matos. I maintain these young players have infused the team with much-needed energy, hunger and ahtleticism. It helps that they have all performed well. But players like Blake Snell are expected to make a contribution to the team. Snell may pitch on Wednesday afternoon, his first start back since going on the IL on April 19, one month ago.

Here are more updated, courtesy of MLB.com:

May 18: OF Ryan McKenna claimed off waivers from the Orioles; OF Jung Hoo Lee transferred to the 60-day injured list
McKenna, 27, spent the last four seasons in Baltimore, where he batted .224 with a .634 OPS and eight home runs over 293 games before being designated for assignment on Monday. The right-handed hitter has played all three outfield spots in the Majors and could provide some depth there for the Giants, who are currently without Lee (left shoulder dislocation), Michael Conforto (right hamstring strain) and Austin Slater (concussion).

May 17: RHP Keaton Winn placed on the 15-day IL (retroactive to May 15) with right forearm strain; RHP Mason Black recalled from Triple-A Sacramento; OF Jorge Soler activated from 10-day IL; IF Casey Schmitt optioned to Triple-A Sacramento
Winn walked off the mound accompanied by team trainer Dave Groeschner after his velocity began to dip in the fifth inning of the Giants’ 10-2 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night. MRI results showed a mild strain, and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Winn could be back once his 15 days on the IL are up. Black was called up and tabbed for his third Major League start in Friday’s series opener vs. the Rockies, with Kyle Harrison and Jordan Hicks each getting pushed back a day for extra rest.