The San Francisco Giants entered All Star Break winners of 5 of their last 6; however, after a rough weekend series in LA, the team touches down in Arizona today losers of 4 straight. Luckily for Giants fans, their offense projects to get a much-needed reprieve tonight in terms of matchup difficulty vs. Arizona southpaw, Tyler Gilbert.
Gilbert is infamous for throwing a ‘no-hitter’ in his 1st career start. However, even Gilbert himself admits it was one of the luckiest outcomes possibly ever. The Padres absolutely destroyed the cover off the ball that day. Luckily for Gilbert — those baseballs were often smashed directly at defenders — enabling the improbable outcome of a no-hitter.
Since that day, Gilbert hasn’t been nearly as lucky. In fact, he’s been so bad that he’s struggled to stay in the Big Leagues ever since. In 7 MLB appearances this year, his 6.76 expected ERA calculated by MLB Statcast ranks in the bottom 1% of MLB. Said differently, practically no one is allowing more expected runs than this guy.
Those stats aside, it’s also worth noting Tyler Gilbert is a Left-Handed Pitcher (LHP), and the San Francisco Giants rank #8 in MLB vs. LHPs (as measured by wRC+). They’ve faced some tough ones lately but have held their own, even scoring 4 runs off future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw this past weekend.