Trey Mancini has played seven games this season and has four homers. That’s great, but a lot of guys have hit four homers in the first seven games of a season.
If you stretch things back to last year, Mancini has a record. Not a major one, but a pretty neat one.
Mancini played in five games last season and had three homers. Taken together, that gives him seven homers in his first 12 major league games. That matches Trevor Story — last year’s first-half rookie sensation with the Rockies — and Dino Restelli of the Pirates, back in 1949, for the most homers in the first 12 games of their career.
Restelli only played in two major league seasons — 1949 and 1951 — and finished with 13 homers. Who knows how great Story’s career will be. Same goes for Mancini. But the start of things has been pretty great.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.