Last July, the Giants thought it would be a good idea to trade a young, hard-throwing reliever for … Shea Hillenbrand. In 60 games with the Giants, Hillenbrand hit a tidy .248 while amassing an impressive 40 strikeouts to seven walks ratio. “Da Shea” then signed with the Angels earlier this year; he’s currently hitting .246.
In the meantime, Accardo has become the lights-out closer for the Toronto Bluejays. In 25 games, he has a 2.36 ERA, nine saves and did not allow an earned run in his first 21 2/3 innings pitched this season.
So, if you’re keeping track, Accardo is the second young righty (along with Twins All-Star Joe Nathan) who has become a stud closer since leaving the Giants. For good measure, you can toss in Oakland’s Alan Embree; the hard-throwing lefty has seven saves in Huston Street’s absence.
The Giants, of course, have zero closers.