It's difficult to imagine an MLB reliever starting a season in a more disastrous fashion than Sam Dyson did in 2017. Coming off a breakout year in which he posted a 2.43 ERA and tallied 38 saves as the Rangers' closer, Dyson struggled mightily out of the gates, allowing 11 runs in his first four relief appearances. He was unseated as the team's ninth-inning arm before the calendar turned to May. Dyson pitched in middle relief for a bit before being designated for assignment in early June. He was scooped up by the Giants and inserted into the closer role shortly thereafter when Mark Melancon hit the DL with an elbow injury. Dyson found more success with the Giants but was still far from dominant, as evidenced by the 29-year-old's 6.4 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 after the move. He'll return to the Bay Area in 2018 but will likely be limited to a setup role with Melancon reclaiming the ninth-inning duties.
Dyson agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Friday, avoiding arbitration, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The terms of the deal were not made available by the team, although Dyson likely received a slight raise on the $3.52 million he earned in his first year of arbitration. Assuming Mark Melancon (forearm) is able to report to spring training without any limitations, he will be the favorite to open the year as the Giants' closer. Dyson notched 14 saves while posting a 4.03 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 38 innings after joining the Giants last season.
Dyson (3-4) blew his seventh save of the season and took the loss against San Diego on Saturday. He allowed two runs on three hits. Dyson has now blown consecutive save opportunities, which is a fitting bookend to his season after blowing his first three chances of the campaign in April. He sports a disastrous 6.09 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 5.6 K/9 for the year, and it seems unlikely that he will receive a closer gig to open 2018.
Dyson (4-9) blew the save and earned the loss after allowing three runs on three hits and two walks while recording just one out Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Dyson entered the contest with a 3-1 lead, but he conceded a leadoff homer to J.D. Martinez before allowing five of the next six batters to reach base, eventually losing the contest on a walkoff walk to David Peralta. The 29-year-old still owns a respectable 3.65 ERA and has converted 12 of 14 save chances since joining the Giants at the beginning of June. While Dyson has pitched well in the ninth inning for San Francisco, Mark Melancon is is expected to reclaim his role as the Giants' closer -- assuming he's healthy -- heading into 2018.
Dyson worked around a hit in one scoreless inning to register his 14th save of the season Saturday against the Dodgers. It's a tale of two uniforms for Dyson, whose struggles with the Rangers almost disappeared after joining the Giants. Over 36.2 innings with San Francisco, he boasts a 2.95 ERA with only one blown save. There may be questions for 2018 as to whether Dyson or Mark Melancon will serve as closer.
Dyson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 13th save of the season during Monday's win over the Dodgers. Dyson has converted 13 of 14 save opportunities since taking over the San Francisco closer job and has allowed more than one run in just a single outing. Despite posting an underwhelming 2.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 5.0 K/9 during that 24-game span, he's locked into the ninth-inning job, and saves are at a premium at this time of the season.