2022 Player Outlook
Despite the 3-8 record, Boyd posted a career low 3.89 ERA over 78.2 innings last year, along with the second-lowest WHIP of his career and career best 1.0 HR/9. Keeping the ball in the stadium had been an issue for Boyd, as prior to 2021, that mark was all the way up at 1.7 HR/9. Compared to years prior, he induced less hard contact, while posting a ground ball rate that was three percentage points above his career norm. If he can maintain these advancements, it should fare quite well in San Francisco’s home park. Recency bias wiped some of the shine off his season, as he missed time with elbow ailments, but up until his injury, he had a 3.44 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 70.2 innings of work. This a nice upside signing for the Giants’ rotation, as Boyd can work as a long reliever, or fill in for a spot start if needed when healthy.