The former rotation member basically served that role in this one out of the bullpen, as he chewed up innings after Hunter Strickland blew the save in the ninth. He almost finished the game but gave way to Sam Dyson for the final out. Blach should resume his typical bullpen role whenever he's next summoned, but he'll probably need at least a few days of rest before that happens.
Blach will transition to a bullpen role starting Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
With Chris Stratton and Andrew Suarez named as the starters for Friday and Saturday, Blach will be used as a relief pitcher going forward. He made 12 starts for the Giants in 2018, accruing a 4.96 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 31 strikeouts and 23 walks over 61.2 innings.
Blach will either start Sunday's game against the Phillies or be confined to a relief role going forward, Henry Schulman of SFGate.com reports.
The Giants announced that Chris Stratton and Andrew Suarez will start Friday and Saturday, which suggests Blach may be on the outs, as he had been following Stratton. Blach was used out of the bullpen in Tuesday's 11-4 loss in Colorado, which could have just been him throwing in between starts, but now that looks less likely. Rookie Dereck Rodriguez (leg) could be an option to start Sunday if he is deemed healthy, otherwise that start could go to Blach. However, Madison Bumgarner (finger) is expected to rejoin the rotation next week and Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) could be back next weekend, at which point Blach will either join the bullpen full time or be sent to Triple-A.
This marked the fourth straight start the left-hander hasn't been able to make it to the five-inning threshold, and he's now given up nine earned runs over his last 7.1 innings. He had a strong start to the season, but Blach isn't a trustworthy fantasy starter at this point, as evidenced by his 4.90 ERA, and the 1.60 WHIP he's posted over his 60.2 innings.
Blach didn't factor into the decision against the Rockies on Sunday, scattering eight hits and giving up four earned runs over 4.1 innings, striking out one and walking two as the Giants eventually prevailed 9-5.
This marked the third straight outing in which the left-hander has failed to make it five innings coming off a stretch where he had done so for six straight starts, and his ERA moved up to 4.37 over 57.2 innings following his latest shaky effort. His strong start to the season was intriguing but he's been trending in the wrong direction and the .295 batting average opponents are posting against him this season suggests he's having a hard time consistently fooling opposing hitters. His 27:19 K:BB also doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence. He'll look to get on track in his next start, which will pit him against the Cubs in a road matchup next Sunday.
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