Coming into the season, Madison Bumgarner was regarded as one of fantasy baseball's top arms and he once again lived up to expectations. The wood-chopping lefty posted a career-best ERA over a career-high 226.2 innings. He has defied the critics who thought he would break down after throwing 270 combined regular and postseason innings in 2014. Bumgarner just keeps adding to his regular-season innings total year-over-year while increasing his strikeout rate (to a career-high 10.0 K/9 in 2016). While his demeanor is that of a seasoned veteran, the Giants' ace will be just 27 years old entering the 2017 season, leaving the scary possibility that he could take yet another step forward.
Bumgarner (ribs, shoulder) is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. A recent dirk bike accident has left Bumgarner with bruised ribs and a Grade 1 or 2 left AC sprain. He was formally placed on the 10-day DL on Friday, and while the team has yet to confirm this estimated return timetable, it sounds like Bumgarner could miss extended time. Ty Blach is already on the major-league roster and seems like a logical candidate to step into Bumgarner's rotation spot, but Tyler Beede will also be an option for San Francisco.
Bumgarner was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday with bruised ribs and a Grade 1 or 2 left AC sprain, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The Giants have confirmed that Bumgarner sustained the injuries in a dirt bike accident. Bumgarner is out of the hospital and the team plans to reevaluate him next week. It's uncertain who will step in for Bumgarner in the meantime, but Tyler Beede is one option -- he's on the same schedule as Bumgarner down at Triple-A.
Bumgarner (0-3) allowed only one run on seven hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Royals. His record is a poor reflection on how well Bumgarner has pitched so far, as he has a 3.00 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 28:4 K:BB through 27 innings while reeling off four straight quality starts to begin 2017. Run support has been the lefty's main bugaboo, as the Giants have scored a total of seven runs in those four starts -- and two of those he produced himself with a pair of solo shots on Opening Day. Bumgarner will square off at home against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in his next start Tuesday.
Bumgarner (0-2) gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight over six innings in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Rockies. The 27-year-old lefty is still looking for his first win on the season and his 3.43 ERA through three starts is a little higher than normal, but Bumgarner's 24:3 K:BB over 21 innings indicates there's no reason for fantasy GMs to doubt their investment in the Giants ace. He'll look to get into the win column Wednesday on the road in Kansas City.
Bumgarner (0-1) took the hard-luck loss Saturday, holding the Padres to two runs over eight innings while striking out five in a 2-1 loss. The dominant lefty struggled early, giving up a run in each of his first two innings before eventually settling in and going the distance. In his first start, the Giants' bullpen let Bumgarner down, while this time it was the offense that couldn't deliver his first win of the season. The All-Star will look to notch his first victory in a home matchup against the Rockies on Thursday.