Strickland gave up three runs on six hits while striking out two in a disastrous inning Sunday against the Phillies. None of the six hits against Strickland went for extra bases, but the end result was still ugly, and the 28-year-old's ERA jumped by more than half a run from 2.28 to 2.79 as a result. He had been dancing around poor control (4.8 BB/9) and too many baserunners (1.55 WHIP) all season, so the righty was due for an ERA correction. Still, Strickland remains the Giants' primary setup man for now.
Strickland fired a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in the nightcap after giving up two runs over an inning in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals. No, the two-run homer he surrendered was not to Bryce Harper, who was actually sidelined after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's contest. Sunday's runs broke up an eight-appearance scoreless streak for the veteran reliever. Strickland maintains a 2.40 ERA despite carrying a hefty 1.50 WHIP and 5.2 BB/9. He should continue to see hold chances for the Giants down the stretch, but the hard-throwing righty's 5.22 xFIP warns fantasy owners of tough times ahead.
Strickland fired a perfect inning in Tuesday's win over the Indians. The veteran reliever has now thrown seven consecutive scoreless innings, lowering his season ERA to 1.85 in 39 appearances. Despite his success this season, the Giants opted to bypass him as an option to replace the injured Mark Melancon (elbow) in favor of Sam Dyson (who was acquired via a trade in June). Strickland's name has been mentioned as a possible trade target for contending clubs, which could boost his value if he lands with a team in need of ninth-inning help.
Strickland held the Pirates scoreless over 1.1 innings Saturday, walking three and striking out two in a 2-1 win. After notching a one-out save Wednesday, it was Sam Dyson -- and not Strickland -- who got the traditional three-out save opportunity against Pittsburgh. It was surprising to hear that the club was quick to name Dyson and his 8.64 ERA interim closer over Strickland (2.45 ERA and 9.5 K/9), but Saturday's deployment makes the former the reliever to own for saves until Mark Melancon (elbow) returns from the disabled list.
Strickland pitched 0.1 innings to get the save in Wednesday's win over Colorado. Strickland, not Sam Dyson, was called upon to get the final out and retired the only batter he faced to earn his first save of the season. There seems to be conflicting info on who the closer will be in Mark Melancon's (elbow) absence, so this will be a situation to monitor closely.
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