The Giants excercised Bumgarner's $12 million club option for 2019, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Bumgarner missed time at the beginning of the season due to injury, but he finished the year strong, posting a 3.26 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 109 punchouts over 129.2 frames. He will hit the open market after the 2019 season.
Bumgarner (6-7) took the loss against the Dodgers on Friday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits over six innings, striking out six and walking one in San Francisco's 3-1 defeat. Bumgarner hurled a quality start in his final outing of 2018, but he still got his seventh loss of the season after getting outdueled by Hyun-Jin Ryu. The veteran lefty wraps up an injury-shortened season with a 3.26 ERA, a 1.24 WHP and 109 strikeouts in 129.2 innings.
Bumgarner was scratched from Wednesday's start and will now take the mound against the Dodgers on Friday, Yahoo! Sports reports. Instead of pitching against the Padres, Bumgarner will toe the rubber for his final start of the 2018 campaign versus the Giants' biggest rivals. In his place, Casey Kelly will pitch Wednesday. Across 20 starts this season, Bumgarner has logged a 3.20 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with a 7.5 K/9.
Bumgarner settled for a no-decision in Friday's game against the Cardinals. He allowed three earned runs, eight hits and one walk over six innings while striking out five. Bumgarner allowed RBI singles in the first, fifth and sixth innings, and his offense eventually took him off the hook for the loss after tying the game in the seventh frame. He was pulled early from his most recent start due to side tightness, but he was able to throw 98 pitches over six innings Friday night. Over 20 starts in 2018, Bumgarner owns a 3.20 ERA with a 103:42 K:BB ratio in 123.2 innings. His next start is slated for Wednesday against the Padres.
Bumgarner (side) is starting Friday against the Cardinals as scheduled, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bumgarner threw just 64 pitches in his most recent start Saturday against Colorado before being lifted with side tightness. The issue wasn't expected to be a significant one and it won't end up costing him a turn in the rotation.