San Francisco Giants: Position Battle Updates

Relief Pitchers

Feb 26, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants piching coach Dave Righetti visits the mound to speak with catcher Hector Sanchez (29) and pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (52) after Petit gave up four runs to the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Athletics won 10-5.

With Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, and Javier Lopez taking up four of the roster spots in the bullpen, there are three spots up for grabs in Spring Training.

Yusmeiro Petit was expected to earn the long reliever role, but he has had a disappointing spring so far. In seven innings this spring, Petit has a 9.00 ERA and has allowed batters to hit .405 off of him.

If he can bounce back soon, he can probably still win the long reliever job. If he’s unable to perform better, some pitchers that could take his spot are Kameron Loe or David Huff.

It’s still unclear who will win those other two open bullpen spots. Going into Spring Training, it seemed as if George Kontos, Heath Hembree, or Jean Machi would earn one of those spots.

So far in spring, Kontos has a 4.50 ERA and has allowed batters to hit .294 off of him in four innings pitched. Hembree also has a 4.50 ERA and has allowed batters to hit .125 off of him in just two innings pitched.

Machi has been impressive recently. Although he has a 4.15 ERA in spring so far, he got a four-out save this past weekend against the Dodgers where he had to preserve a one-run lead, and he entered the game with the bases loaded in the eighth.

Some young pitchers such as Edwin Escobar and Derek Law have impressed, but they’re expected to gain more minor-league experience before joining the club.

It’s unclear at this point which pitchers will make the club, but it seems as if Machi is starting to prove why he deserves a spot.

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