Tag:Madison Bumgarner
Posted on: May 3, 2011 1:45 am

3 up, 3 down: Matsui says sayonara

Hideki Matsui

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Hideki Matsui, Athletics -- Matsui hit a sayonara home run (what the Japanese call the walk-off) off Texas' Darren Oliver to lead off the bottom of the 10th, giving Oakland a 5-4 victory and moving Oakland above .500 at 15-14. It was the 496th career homer for Matsui, combining his Japanese and American homers.

Mike Stanton, Marlins -- Stanton tied the game for the Marlins in the fifth inning with a solo shot and then scored the go-ahead run after leading off the eighth inning with a triple off Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs.

Tom Gorzelanny, Nationals -- Madison Bumgarner didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning, but Gorzelanny didn't give up a run in his eight innings. He allowed just three hits in the 2-0 Nationals victory. He improved to 4-0 in his career against the Giants.


Brandon McCarthy, Athletics -- The A's starter didn't allow any earned runs -- but he did give up four unearned runs because of two errors. So why's he on this list? Because he committed both errors. McCarthy misplayed bunts in the second and fifth, allowing the Rangers to score twice in each inning.

Miguel Tejada, Giants -- The Nationals' only two runs of the game in their 2-0 victory over the Giants came thanks to Tejada's seventh-inning error. With two outs in the inning, he let Wilson Ramos' grounder hit off his glove. Ian Desmond followed with a single, then Michael Morse hit a bleeder that made it to center and Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled in the final run.

Chris Sale, White Sox -- With two outs in the ninth and a comfortable 6-0 lead, Sale hit Nick Markakis and gave up a two-run homer to Derrek Lee, he then gave up a single to Vladimir Guerrero and walked Luke Scott before being lifted for closer Sergio Santos. Santos was able to strike out Adam Jones to end the team's six-game losing streak, but the bullpen has been such a concern, they would have liked to not have to use Santos in that situation.

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Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:38 am

3 up, 3 down: Bedard's back

Erik Bedard
By C. Trent Rosecrans


Erik Bedard, Mariners -- The left-hander picked up his first win since June 2009, as Seattle beat Detroit and Justin Verlander 10-1 on Wednesday. Bedard gave up a run on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. 

Daniel Murphy, Mets -- As a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, Murphy tied the game with his second homer of the year and then in the ninth he added a two-run double to help extend the Mets' winning streak to six games with a 6-3 victory over the Nationals.

James McDonald, Pirates and Madison Bumgarner, Giants -- This afternoon I called it the worst pitching matchup of the day and it was anything but -- I just wanted to give credit where credit was due here. Both pitchers went six innings, with Bumgarner giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out seven. McDonald allowed just four hits in his six scoreless innings, earning the win.


Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox -- Boston's center fielder let a ball drop in front of him for a double with two outs. Two outs later, Luke Scott, hit a three-run homer for a 3-0 Baltimore lead. The Red Sox went on to lose, 5-4.

Carlos Lee, Astros -- Back-to-back Cardinals singled in runs from second by hitting grounders past the third baseman into left field, where just about any other left fielder in the game (well, maybe not Johnny Damon) throws out the runners at the plate. Instead, with Lee, the two runners score easily and St. Louis adds to its lead, which was 6-0 going into the eighth. Houston scored three in the eighth and two in the ninth, falling 6-5. That's not to mention his offensive woes -- Lee was 0 for 4 on Thursday and is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

Vernon Wells, Angels -- Much of the preseason there was talk of the great outfield defense the Angles would have this season, but Wells hasn't been able to live up to the billing. He misplayed a ball in the 10th inning, giving Oakland's Cliff Pennington a triple with no outs. Conor Jackson then drove in Pennington with the winning run, And, like Lee, that's not even talking about his offensive offense -- Wells is hitting just .178/.224/.257 so far this season.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:08 pm

On Deck: AL East showdown

Josh Beckett
Jeremy Guthrie

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Best pitching matchup -- In his last three starts, Boston's Josh Beckett has returned to his ace status, going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA and took a no-hitter through five in his last outing against the Angels, a no-decision that saw him give up two runs in eight innings. Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie was the hard-luck loser in his last outing, allowing two runs over seven innings against the Twins, but still has a 3.12 ERA in four starts. Take out his bad start in Cleveland on April 16, and the right-hander has a 1.29 ERA. Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET

Worst pitching matchup -- Add the ERAs of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and Pirates starter James McDonald and you'll almost get 19. Bumgarner has been disappointing following his great postseason last year. So far this season, he's 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA. McDonald pitched well with Pittsburgh after coming over from the Dodgers last season (4-5, 3.52) but hasn't been good this season, going 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in four starts. Giants at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

Closer concern -- Everyone assumed Tony La Russa was just being coy and playing his normal games when he refused to call Mitchell Boggs his closer after demoting Ryan Franklin. Then La Russa caved and called Boggs his closer. On Tuesday, the Cardinals had their fifth ninth-inning blown save of the season and the first authored by Boggs. Heavy is the head that wears the closer's crown. Cardinals at Astros, 8:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 3:59 pm

Zito tells Bochy he's OK after wreck

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Barry Zito Barry Zito expects to pitch his scheduled outing against the Dodgers on Sunday, he told Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News , Zito met with his manager and told him he was shaken up, but otherwise OK following a car accident last night in West Hollywood.

Zito was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for precautionary X-rays and an MRI on his sore neck, and the tests showed no structural damage.

Bochy told KNBR that he still wants Zito to meet with trainers before making a decision about his Sunday start. Bochy said a car hit Zito's car after running a red light. Zito was not cited by police and was listed on the police report as "a party to" the accident, indicating he was not at fault.

Because the Giants have an off day on Monday, Madison Bumgarner could be moved up in the rotation to replace Zito.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:25 am

Bumgarner among those on Verducci Effect list

Madison Bumgarner Sports Illustrated 's Tom Verducci has come out with his Verducci Effect watch list for 2011 , led by San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

The Verducci Effect states pitchers 25 and younger shouldn't increase their workload more than 30 innings from one year to the next. (In fairness to Verducci, he originally called it the "Year After Effect" because the year after the jump in innings there was a regression or injury).

Last year the 10 on the watch list finished with four pitchers who were hurt or regressed, two we about the same and four -- Mat Latos, Felix Hernandez, Josh Johnson and Max Scherzer had breakout years. Verducci notes it was "as strong a showing against the Verducci Effect since I started tracking it."

The 10 on his list for 2011, followed by their age and innings increase in 2010:
Madison Bumgarner, 21, 73
Alex Sanabia, 22, 66 1/3
Mat Latos, 23, 61 2/3
David Price, 25, 58 2/3
Brandon Beachy, 24, 57
Phil Hughes, 24, 46
Brett Cecil, 24, 41 1/3
Gio Gonzalez, 25, 41
Dillon Gee, 24, 40
Travis Wood, 23, 38 1/3
Ivan Nova, 23, 38 1/3

That's not to say all of these pitchers will struggle or get hurt next season -- pitchers are being watch more closely than ever -- but it is something to watch.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:50 pm

Rangers announce rotation

Tommy Hunter And we've got our rotations set for the World Series, as Rangers manager Ron Washington met with the media at the team hotel on Monday.

Game 1: Tim Linecum vs. Cliff Lee
Game 2: Matt Cain vs. C.J. Wilson
Game 3: Jonathan Sanchez vs. Colby Lewis
Game 4: Madison Bumgarner vs. Tommy Hunter (pictured)

However, Washington said the rotation could change, meaning Hunter's slot isn't secure if things aren't going Texas' way when Game 4 rolls around.

In other notes (thanks to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ):

• The team's bullpen hasn't been set, and the team is considering leaving a left-hander off the roster and adding a right-hander, possibly Dustin Nippert or Mark Lowe. The team added extra left-handers to face the Phillies' heavily left-handed lineup.

Vladimir Guerrero will start in Game 1 in right field, and could also start the second game. David Murphy would start if Guerrero sits.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:20 pm

Cain to start Game 2

Matt Cain Reporters have met with Bruce Bochy in San Francisco and the Giants manager says he'll once again switch up his Game 2 and 3 starters.

Matt Cain (pictured) will start Game 2, followed by Jonathan Sanchez -- the opposite of their starts in the NLCS. Madison Bumgarner will pitch Game 4, he said.

So, the rotation will be Tim Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Bumgarner.

"Matt hasn't thrown in a while," Bochy said (via the San Jose Mercury News ' Andrew Baggarly on Twitter ). "He's ready and Johnny just threw. We're excited wherever we put these guys."

Also, Baggerly reports center fielder Andres Torres was planning on doing some light running to test his hip flexor.

"I think it's going to be all right," Torres said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:46 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 5:49 pm

Phillies-Giants NLCS Game 4 breakdown

Both managers are playing with their lineups, as Charlie Manuel sits Raul Ibanez and Bruce Bochy brings Pablo Sandoval back for Game 4.

Philadelphia Phillies

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Shane Victorino , CF
overall: .259/.327/.429, 34 SB
on road: .267/.327/.417 in 288 AB
against LHP: .321/.381/.539
vs. SF: .320/.370/.440, 3 2B in 25 AB

2. Chase Utley , 2B

overall: .275/.387/.445, 38 XBH

on road: .240/.350/.385 in 208 AB 

against LHP: .294/.422/.581

vs. SF: .227/.370/.273 in 22 AB

3. Placido Polanco , 3B

overall: .298/.339/.386

on road: .306/.351/.387 in 248 AB 

Ryan Howard against LHP: .280/.324/.344

vs. SF: .231/.286/.231 in 26 AB

4. Ryan Howard (pictured), 1B

overall: .276/.353/.505, 31 HR, 108 RBI

on road: .266/.348/.491, 15 HR in 267 AB 

against LHP: .264/.333/.492

vs. SF: .364/.462/.727 in 11 AB

5. Jayson Werth , RF

overall: .296/.388/.532, 27 HR

on road: .270/.375/.463, 9 HR in 270 AB 

against LHP: .287/.402/.479

vs. SF: .227/.320/.409 in 22 AB

6. Jimmy Rollins , SS

overall: .243/.320/.374, 41 RBI in 350 AB

on road: .221/.311/.349 in 172 AB 

against LHP: .297/.368/.405

vs. SF: .357/.357/.714 in 14 AB, 6 RBI

7. Ben Francisco, LF
overall: .268/.327/.441, 6 HR in 179 AB
on road: .273/.308/.464 in 69 AB

against LHP: .284/.344/.557, 6 HR in 88 AB

vs. SF: .167/.167/.167 in 6 AB

8. Carlos Ruiz , C

overall: .302/.400/.447 in 371 AB

on road: .330/.419/.489 in 176 AB 

against LHP: .327/.431/.509

vs. SF: .188/.350/.388 in 16 AB

9. Joe Blanton, RHP
overall: 9-6, 175 2/3 IP, 4.82 ERA
on road: 4-4, 80 2/3 IP, 5.47 ERA
vs. SF: 1-0, 2.84 ERA in 1 GS, 7 Ks, 0 BB, 2 HR in 6 1/3 IP

X-factor to win: Chase Utley needs to return to his usual self. The Phillies second baseman not only had two errors in the last game, but he also has just one hit in the series.

Player to watch: Ben Francisco is in for the struggling Raul Ibanez in left. All six of Francisco's homers in 2010 have come off of left-handers. In his career, his numbers have been more balanced between RHP and LHP, but he's hitting lefties much better this season.

San Francisco Giants

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Edgar Renteria , SS
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB

at home: ..274/.317/.389 in 113 AB
against RHP: .272/.324/.347 in 173 AB
vs. PHI: .538/.571/.538 in 13 AB, 3 GP

2. Freddy Sanchez , 2B 

overall: .292/.342/.397 in 431 AB

at home: .333/.394/.419 in 186 AB

against RHP: .276/.327/.362 in 323 AB

vs. PHI: .500/.500/.500 in 2 AB

3. Aubrey Huff , 1B 

overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

at home: .264/.361/.471, 12 HR in 280 AB

Pablo Sandoval against RHP: .287/.388/.506, 19 HR in 407 AB

vs. PHI: .150/.150/.300 in 20 AB

4. Buster Posey , C

overall: .305/.357/.505 in 406 AB

at home: .258/.304/.419 in 189 AB

against RHP: .304/.353/.479, 12 HR in 309 AB

vs. PHI: .417/.417/.583 in 12 AB

5. Pat Burrell , LF
overall*: .266/.364/.509 in 289 AB

at home: .284/.363/.539 in 160 AB

against RHP: .264/.356/.500, 17 HR in 284 AB

vs. PHI: .182/.250/.727, 2 HR in 11 AB

6. Cody Ross, RF
overall: .269/.322/.413 in 452 AB

at home**: .291/.293/.418 in 58 AB

against RHP: .229/.285/.372 in 266 AB

vs. PHI: .146/.205/.146 in 41 AB

7. Pablo Sandoval (pictured), 3B
overall: .268/.323/.409 in 563 AB
at home: .330/.382/.520 in 279 AB
vs. RHP: .282/.336/.443, 28 2B in 422 AB
vs. PHI: .320/.346/.520, 1 HR in 25 AB

8. Aaron Rowand, CF
overall: .230/.281/.378 in 331 AB
at home: .242/.294/.382 in 157 AB
against RHP: .237/.276/.373, 7 HR in 236 AB
vs. PHI: .000/.000/.000 in 4 AB

9. Madison Bumgarner, LHP
overall: 7-6, 111 IP, 3.00 ERA, 4.03 xFIP
at home: 1-3, 45 IP, 4.60 ERA
vs. PHI: N/A

* Does not include TB statistics
**Ross was acquired by the Giants on August 21. Home numbers reflect games played in AT&T Park, even if a visitor.  

X-factor to win: Bumgarner has to be more the road version of himself than his home version. Only one of his seven victories have come at AT&T Park and his ERA at home is 4.60 opposed to 1.91 on the road. Batters are hitting .303 at home against Bumgarner and .250 on the road.

Keep an eye on: Kung-Fu Panda himself, Pablo Sandoval, is back in the lineup for the first time since Game 2 of the NLDS.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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