Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bumgarner's Here, Best Time of Year

Just had to post this: Madison Bumgarner will be brought up to start Saturday's game. This was reported on KNBR after the game.

That will put together the battery of the future, as Posey was already slated to start at catcher on Saturday. It is certainly good marketing on the Giant's part as that game will be televised nationally, and now their top two prospects will be the highlight of the game.

Very excited to see what the two of them will do. Looks like the Bumgarner era will begin, as unless he gets blown out of the waters, I doubt they will send him back down. They will probably give him to the All Star Break, then keep him if he does at least OK or use the break as an excuse to send him back down if he is scuffling really, really bad. Remember, they did not send Lincecum back down when he was having his problems his second month in the majors so he would have to be horrible to get sent down.

I am betting he stays, heck, with his funky delivery, I think he has a good chance to shut down the Red Sox. And I don't say win because Buchholz is going against him, so it would be a tough game to win.

But what a great statement to the rest of the majors it would be if he did shut down the powerful RedSox offense and win the game!

In any case,it looks like the Giants are going all in by bringing up Bumgarner now. They are going for it hard now by promoting Bumgarner. I would venture the guess that the Giants wanted to see where he is at now - there is no way to do that except bringing him up - so that they can see if he can hold the spot in the rotation or if they need to bring in another starter via a trade.

2 comments:

  1. I am bummed that Bum's game is getting blacked out in SoCal because they are showing LA vs NYY on Fox Game of the Week.

    Once again, the evidence goes against those who say that Sabean and Bochy hate young players and won't put their faith in them. They are facing a tough opponent and need to keep winning to keep pace with the Padres. They looked around and didn't see Joe Martinez being a competitive starter vs the Red Sox, so why not give the ball to Bumgarner now? If he pitches well, then they can look at other positions at the trade deadline. If he doesn't do so well, he still has plenty of time to get better and then they will know they have to go after a #5 starter in trade.

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  2. Amen to that, DrB, Amen to that.

    Nice start, once he got over his early jitters - apparent jitters, because Krukow kept on talking about how he's not seeing Bumgarner being amped up, which many pitchers go through (Lincecum and Sanchez, for example, when they were starting the season for us, or other higher pressure situations). Still, except for that mistake to Cameron, he would have won the game, he controlled them pretty well, only 5 hits, 1 walk, 5 K's, that is a 4 PQS start, a DOM start.

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