Manager Bruce Bochy mentioned Dyson as a candidate to open the 2019 season as the Giants' closer, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bochy also mentioned Mark Melancon and Will Smith, who finished the 2018 season as the team's closer, as options. Dyson bounced back after a brutal 2017 campaign, notching a 2.69 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 70.1 frames, but he still seems unlikely to beat out Smith for the job.
Dyson allowed a hit before recording two outs while picking up his 14th hold in Sunday's 9-6 win over Arizona. Dyson was initially expected to head a ninth-inning committee after Hunter Strickland (hand) landed on the disabled list mid-June, but his recent struggles (6.14 ERA over previous eight games) have put that status in jeopardy. Mark Melancon started the ninth frame Sunday, but had to hand the ball off to Will Smith -- who converted Saturday's save -- to finish off the Diamondbacks. Dyson may not be out of the mix completely, but the closing situation in San Francisco appears to be very fluid at the moment.
Dyson will be unavailable in a save situation Friday night after blowing a save Thursday and pitching in four of the last seven games, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports. The save opportunity Friday against Arizona could fall to Tony Watson or Will Smith as a result. Dyson now has four blown saves against just three successful conversions and 13 holds, and it's unclear how long of a leash the Giants will give him in a ninth-inning role.
Dyson (2-2) blew his fourth save of the season, allowing a two-run homer in Thursday's 9-8 loss to Colorado. Dyson blew his first save since June 11, but is now just 3-for-7 in save chances in 2018. He was thrown in to the closer role after Hunter Strickland (finger) hit the DL and he doesn't really have a very strong hold on the ninth-inning gig. If he continues coughing up opportunities, Mark Melancon or Tony Watson could see some chances.
Dyson entered in the ninth inning in a save situation Wednesday, but allowed two runs on four hits while recording just two outs and settling for a hold against the Marlins. In his first save opportunity since being named the primary closer in Hunter Strickland's (hand) absence, Dyson struggled mightily. He allowed three singles and a double, and left with the go-ahead run on first base before Reyes Moronta locked down the save. With Strickland expected to miss at least six weeks, it's unlikely Dyson's leash would be short enough that he'd be in jeopardy of losing the closer job due to just one bad outing, but former closer Tony Watson is waiting in the wings should he continue to struggle.