On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the San Francisco Giants’ double-header losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. The Giants’ seven-game winning streak was snapped in Game 1, and then they lost in Game 2 as well. Clayton Kershaw was dominant after his defense bailed him out in the first inning, and Logan Webb had a lot of bad luck in his outing, with several soft-hit balls finding holes. In Game 2, the Giants caught a break with Walker Buehler being placed on the injured list, but the Giants couldn’t get anything going against the Dodgers’ bullpen. Kevin Gausman made the start for San Francisco, and he pitched pretty well but had no run support.
Gausman has emerged as perhaps the Giants’ most likely trade candidate. His contract expires after the season, and his strikeout and walk numbers are those of a dominant pitcher. Any contending team should be eyeing Gausman as a pitcher of interest for their team down the stretch and into the postseason. After the game, when reporters asked Gausman about the possibility of being traded, he said that he didn’t want to leave this team, but he understands it’s part of the business. He said that even if he was traded, it would have no bearing on where he signs after the year, and that he would like to come back to the Giants because he “really like[s] this team.”