What better way for Eric Hacker to get his first major league start.
He’s joining a Giants team filled with momentum and confidence, both offensively and defensively, thanks mostly to Angel Pagan’s go-ahead three-run shot this afternoon and the clinic put on by Santiago Casilla to close out the ninth.
And he’ll be facing the division rival San Diego Padres in front of surely another sellout crowd at AT&T with some confidence of his own.
The guy is coming off four straight winning performances with Fresno, and although he hasn’t exactly been dominant in any of them, his 4-0 record looks quite nice at the moment.
He’s rebounded well from a rough first outing in Tuscon where he gave up three runs on nine hits before being yanked in the sixth. He did, however, notch the win in the contest, a gift courtesy of the Grizzlies’ 11-run, 15-hit performance.
We’re probably not going to see strikeout stuff from Hacker, as he’s averaging less than a strikeout per inning, but opponents are batting just .217 off of the right-hander and he’s walked only six batters in 24.2 innings. Seem’s like a classic strike thrower to me.
The likely 40-man roster moves to accommodate Hacker should be Brian Wilson moving from the 15-day to the 60-day DL, with right-hander Dan Otero being optioned to Fresno following a string of arduous relief efforts.
Bochy can’t be expecting anything spectacular out of Hacker. His best outing this season came in a seven-inning performance on April 17 in Fresno against Reno, where he held the Aces scoreless on just three hits and no walks.
But what Bochy will expect out of the 29-year old Texan are innings. It’s a spot start. The Giants don’t need a new fifth starter. Thankfully, a 2002-version of Barry Zito has reappeared and put on a Giants uni and filled that void.
Hacker will likely be sent straight back to Fresno following tomorrow’s game, hopefully with a major league win under his belt and remnants of celebratory shaving cream still looming.