Bruce Bochy did not say that Tyler Beede would make his next rotation turn for the Giants. But then, apart from a belief in his 26-year-old rookie, he didn’t offer much insight into how they would get the struggling righty back on track.
“I don’t want to go into that right now,” Bochy said, when asked about Beede’s rotation security, after the Giants’ 9-5 loss to the A’s at Oracle Park on Wednesday. “We’ll get together and talk about if we need to tweak anything. … We talked to coaches, Farhan [Zaidi], everybody. But he’s a guy we believe in and we’ll see where we’re at five days from now.”
If the Giants had any answers, the Beede question wouldn’t exist; he would be figuring himself out at Triple-A Sacramento. Instead, he labored through another dud, lasting four-plus innings and allowing four runs on eight hits, digging a hole the Giants couldn’t climb out of.
That makes five poor efforts in five starts for Beede, whose ERA has risen from 4.70 on July 19 to 5.77 following his falling to 3-7.
Beede was kinder to himself than Oakland hitters were, insisting the problems are curable.
“The stuff’s there,” Beede said after the Giants lost in his fifth straight start. “The attack just wasn’t where it needed to be today, just getting ahead of guys. No walks, but just in bad counts. Giving them more chances to put the ball in play with hard contact. Just going down the road, making sure I’m focusing on count leverage and attacking guys, and I think we’ll be in a better situation for sure.”
Beede’s implication is he will straighten himself out at this level, pointing to the 10-of-22 first-pitch strikes that can be improved upon.
The question becomes, for a team ostensibly in a playoff chase, is whether it can afford to absorb the growing pains.
“There’s no shortage of learning experiences. I’ve had a lot lately,” said Beede, a first-round pick in 2014. “I’m no stranger to adversity, and certainly being able to learn at this level will teach me a lot down the road. There’s no reason for me to have a bad attitude or sulk. That’s not going to do any good for me or my teammates.”
Bochy — prior to meeting with the other voices who matter — seemed willing to let Beede continue to fight his way out of this funk. And if that is the Giants’ decision, it would be more out of a lack of options than a belief that Beede’s fortunes will turn. Dereck Rodriguez is getting another rotation shot Thursday in Arizona, Bochy announced. Saturday is still TBD, with Logan Webb, who has all of one Triple-A start to his name, an option. Conner Menez has not separated himself. Veterans such as Drew Pomeranz and Derek Holland are gone.
Stephen Vogt, who caught Beede’s 80 pitches, believes.
“No one’s working harder than Tyler to be more consistent,” Vogt said. “We’re all pulling for him and we all know what he’s capable of.”
Bochy believes not only in Beede, but in himself.
“It’s a challenge, but I don’t mind challenges,” Bochy said of his young rotation. “It’s up to me to try to get this figured out.”
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