BY RYAN LEONG
Even though the Giants have lost 93 games and are playing out possibly the worst single season in franchise history, they’re not planning to rebuild. Proof of this was made on September 16 when General Manager Bobby Evans elected to pick up the $9 million option on Matt Moore’s contract for 2018.
Entering Wednesday’s homestand finale vs. the Rockies, Moore began the day with a 5.39 ERA, second highest in the Majors to Jeremy Hellickson. But he pitched with a purpose and worked six scoreless innings giving up only six hits and two walks, striking out six in the Giants 4-0 win over the Rockies. “Having the type of year and the numbers I have right now at the end of it, for sure it’s going through my mind a little bit,” Moore said. “But for Bobby and the front office to show that kind of confidence before they had to, without a doubt it’s the best thing that’s happened all year.”
With the win, the Giants only need to go 3-6 in their remaining nine games to avoid 100 losses. In the storied history of the franchise dating back to 1883, only in 1985 (62-100) did they lose 100 games. For a team that currently has the sixth highest payroll in MLB, the only team that has come close to being as big a disappointment is the Detroit Tigers who are fifth on the payroll list. Still, heading into the last week and a half of the season San Francisco has the worst record in all of baseball.
“It’s easy to get into that shut down mode this time of the year when you’re out of it,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “I think if look at these two games with Colorado that hasn’t happened. These guys have stepped up and are hitting the field meaning business.”
The Giants had a strong day from Joe Panik who tripled, doubled, singled, and scored twice. Denard Span and Buster Posey each had sacrifice flies and Brandon Crawford homered down the right field line into the arcade.
Following an off-day on Thursday, the Giants head south to Los Angeles to begin their final road trip of the season. A weekend series vs. the Dodgers followed by a three-game set in Arizona. On Friday, Jeff Samardzija (9-14, 4.42) gets the ball opposed by Rich Hill (10-8, 3.60).
Ryan Leong is a San Francisco native and covers all Bay Area sports teams as a correspondent for ESPN radio and wire services. He is a former sports anchor for KCBS and has reported on over 3,600 live games since 1998.