Blach is expected to break camp with a big-league rotation spot, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.
Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are locks to make the rotation, leaving two spots open heading into spring training. At this point, Blach and Chris Stratton are the favorites to win the starting competition, but things can change over the course of the spring. The 27-year-old southpaw struggled mightily down the stretch last season (5.02 ERA, 30:22 K:BB after the All-Star break), but his FIP wound up actually being lower than his ERA on the season. That said, his low strikeout totals and his issues facing right-handed hitters make him a relatively unattractive fantasy option even if he does crack the rotation to start the season.
Blach has lost his spot in the rotation, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Giants had been deploying a six-man rotation following Johnny Cueto's return from the disabled list, but with four scheduled off days providing plenty of rest for their starters down the stretch, Blach will be bumped to the bullpen. The 26-year-old has struggled over his last five starts (0-5 with a 7.90 ERA) after providing decent results with his pitch-to-contact style earlier this season. Blach will likely get the first call should a spot reopen in the rotation.
Blach (8-12) took the loss Tuesday in Colorado after allowing five runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
Blach came in with a 5.57 road ERA and predictably ran in trouble at the league's least pitcher-friendly venue. He trailed only 2-1 after five innings, but fell apart in the sixth before being lifted after only 82 pitches. While Blach is scheduled to come back home for next Tuesday's start, things don't get any easier with the Dodgers in town.
Blach will stick in the rotation after Johnny Cueto (forearm) returns from the disabled list Friday, MLB.com's Chris Haft reports.
Blach may have felt like he was pitching for his rotation spot in Wednesday's loss to the Padres, but he will avoid a demotion to the bullpen with the Giants deploying a six-man rotation going forward. The rookie didn't pitch particularly well, taking his fourth consecutive loss while allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and just one strikeout over 5.2 innings. The soft-tossing lefty has surrendered six home runs in his last four starts after posting a league-best 0.7 HR/9 over his previous 19 outings. Blach's next start will be pushed back to next Tuesday, but the scheduling change will not get him out of a dangerous matchup on the road in Colorado.
Blach (8-10) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts over five innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.
Blach has now allowed 16 runs over 16.1 innings over his past three starts, a stretch in which he is now 0-3 with a 6:8 K:BB. Despite a fastball that averages just 90.1 MPH, Blach had managed to put together a 3.86 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over his previous 16 starts, covering 107.1 innings. But it looks major league hitters are starting to figure him out, and Blach is unraveling in the August heat.
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|2013||AFA-San Jose Giants||12||4||2.90||22||20||0||0||0||130.1||124||46||42||8||2||18||117|
|2014||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||8||8||3.13||25||25||1||0||0||141.0||142||53||49||8||3||39||91|
|2015||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||11||12||4.46||27||27||2||2||0||165.1||189||92||82||16||2||31||93|
|2016||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||14||7||3.43||26||26||3||2||0||162.2||147||65||62||9||2||38||113|