Yaz hopes to build momentum with strong finish

DENVER — The Giants churned through a franchise-record 64 players in 2019, with president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi seemingly mining every avenue to try to uncover pieces who could help improve a team in transition. The constant turnover was dizzying at times, though the process seemed to uncover a few gems, most notably Mike Yastrzemski.

Yastrzemski, who came over in a nondescript trade with the Orioles, enjoyed a breakthrough season in ‘19 before continuing his rise the following year, when he placed eighth in National League MVP voting after hitting .297 with a .968 OPS and 10 home runs over 54 games in the pandemic-shortened season. But his production has dipped in each of the last two seasons, creating some uncertainty about his role with the club moving forward.

Yastrzemski is batting a career-low .210 with a .680 OPS over 136 games this year, but he’s trying to finish strong to create some positive momentum heading into the offseason. He launched his 14th home run of the season to help back a sensational effort from the Giants’ bullpen, which used six relievers to blank the Rockies, 3-0, and cap a four-game sweep at Coors Field on Thursday afternoon.

“It’s just one of those things where I want to feel a little bit of momentum going into the offseason and have something to feel good about that happened this year,” Yastrzemski said. “We’re slowly trying to build on that and…

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