Giants mull over options as Tim Hudson continues to struggle

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Coming off the worst start of his career in a 17-0 loss to the Dodgers last weekend, Giants right-hander Tim Hudson was shaky again last night, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Padres. He now owns 9.92 ERA over four starts this month.

Hudson has battled a sore hip of late, but he insisted that it wasn’t an issue last night and believes that he just needs to clean up some things in his delivery. Still, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he hasn’t committed to starting him Wednesday against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.

“We’ll talk about it,” Bochy said. “I won’t talk about it now. I was encouraged after (the first inning), how he started hitting his spots. So we’ll see.

Could Tim Lincecum, who put on his anti-Padres cape to throw two shutout innings of relief, be an option?

“Well, either way,” Bochy said. “That’s an alternative with Timmy. He was our starter for most of the year, so he would be an option.”

Looking beyond Wednesday, it’s now likely that Hudson won’t be in the Giants’ rotation if they advance to the NLDS. You wouldn’t have guessed that one when he had a 1.81 ERA through his first 13 starts this year.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.