1:14 PM EDT, Wed July 27, 2016

The skid continues, the postseason could be in jeopardy, and the trade options look sketchy at best

Just a few short weeks ago, the Giants looked primed to start printing playoff tickets. Heck, the way Madison Bumgarner provided the exclamation point in that final game of the first half, the horror we're seeing now post-All Star break… Continue Reading → The post The skid continues, the postseason could be in jeopardy, and the trade options look sketchy at best appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Jul 26, 2016

Giants lose

They're jetlagged or something. I don't know, ask them. Before you read this, a recap of another miserable Giants loss in a season of mostly happy Giants moments, please consider the context. On July 10, Madison Bumgarner threw a shutout. It was a brilliant performance, the perfect way to end the first half. The Giants had the best record in baseball, and they had pitcher who was going to start the freaking All-Star Game. That was the last time I watched the Giants win a baseball game. It was just over two weeks ago. That’s mostly my fault, as I ducked out on Saturday, so I didn’t see...

Listless Giants fall to Yankees, finish 1-7 on trip

The Giants looked listless and overmatched in a 1-7 journey that ended with Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees. Playing with half a Triple-A lineup finally caught up with the Giants, especially since the regulars who are healthy fell into a deep slump, none more than Brandon Belt. Samardzija was in the midst of one of his better recent starts, holding the Yankees to two solo homers over the first innings, before they singled him to death in a three-run sixth. At this rate he could blow past the 29 he surrendered with the White Sox last year to lead the American League. Madison Bumgarner...
River Ave. Blues Jul 24, 2016

Yankees blow big opportunity in the 10th, fall 2-1 Giants in 12 innings

Source: FanGraphs What’s worse than a loss? A loss that completely decimates your bullpen. The Yankees did exactly that in Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 loss to the Giants. The game went 12 innings. Let’s recap with bullet points, because it’s a Saturday night: Just One Run: Like Madison Bumgarner on Friday, the Yankees had some chances […] The post Yankees blow big opportunity in the 10th, fall 2-1 Giants in 12 innings appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Jul 22, 2016

Offense picks up the bullpen in 3-2 win over Giants

Source: FanGraphs The most poorly timed winning streak in franchise history continues. The offense picked up the bullpen (what!?) on Friday night as the Yankees eked out a 3-2 win over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. The Yankees have now won five of their last six and eight of their last 12 games. It’s Friday […] The post Offense picks up the bullpen in 3-2 win over Giants appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
New York Post Jul 21, 2016

Alex Rodriguez costs Yankees wins in more ways than one

Joe Girardi’s explanation was illogical because, really, there is no logic behind the Yankee manager’s decision to go with Masahiro Tanaka on four days of rest against the Giants and Madison Bumgarner at the Stadium on Friday night. Every scintilla of available data proves the right-hander’s superiority when getting five days between starts — and...

Giants’ Bochy does not plan to have Bumgarner hit for himself at Yankee Stadium

Giants’ Bochy does not plan to have Bumgarner hit for himself at Yankee Stadium BOSTON - Manager Bruce Bochy made big waves June 30 when he dumped the designated hitter and had Madison Bumgarner hit for himself in a game at Oakland. Bumgarner responded with a leadoff double that ignited a six-run inning against left-hander Dillon Overton. Do not expect that again Friday, when Bumgarner starts the series opener at Yankee Stadium. Joe Panik began his minor-league rehab with Sacramento on Tuesday, going 0-for-2 and playing five innings in the opener of a doubleheader at New...
Gaslamp Ball Jul 16, 2016

Padres 4, Giants 1: Homers topple MadBum

All-Star Wil Myers and Andrew Cashner both delivered in the second half opener. It’s taken half a season, but tonight the Padres finally emerged victorious against the Giants. Andrew Cashner twirled a gem against the division rivals, holding them to one run on four hits in his six-inning stint while fanning nine in the process. All-Star Madison Bumgarner lasted six frames and struck out nine as well, but he got stung for four runs, two of them coming on solo shots from the still red-hot Friar lineup. With Drew Pomeranz off to Boston, Wil Myers is the sole remaining All-Star in San Diego,...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 16, 2016

Giants, Madison Bumgarner lose dull, sluggish second-half opener

Madison Bumgarner allowed two home runs, and the Giants scored a single run. It's hard to win that way. After almost a week without real baseball, it’s almost impossible to describe how disconcerting it is to watch the Padres thoroughly outplay the Giants. If you had an Estonian friend in town who had never seen an inning of baseball, he or she would have driven you nuts. Estonian friend: This Cashner man with strong beard ... he throws harder than your Bumgarner with lesser beard, no? You: He does, but, you see, in baseball, the actual velocity is not nearly important as ... Estonian...

Madison Bumgarner participates in a different kind of home run derby, Padres beat Giants

SAN DIEGO – Madison Bumgarner dearly wanted to compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby here at Petco Park. The string pullers kept it from happening.   So Bumgarner was a spectator for the power show. And when he took… Continue Reading → The post Madison Bumgarner participates in a different kind of home run derby, Padres beat Giants appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants turn to Madison Bumgarner, try to continue dominance over Padres

SAN DIEGO – You cannot pre-jinx a no-hitter.   Actually, you can’t ever jinx a no-hitter, because we have evolved beyond witch hunts and cave paintings and jinxes don’t exist.   Anyway, Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the eighth… Continue Reading → The post Giants turn to Madison Bumgarner, try to continue dominance over Padres appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Jul 15, 2016

ESPN loves Madison Bumgarner even more than I do

According to ESPN, Madison Bumgarner is the 10th-best left-handed pitcher in baseball history. Apparently their ranking was written in 2026, when this might actually be true. ESPN is running down the top-10 players in baseball history at each position. Some of the choices are ... curious. Stan Musial is included as a first baseman, despite playing nearly twice as many games in the outfield. David Ortiz was included as a first baseman, despite playing just 100 games more at first than Buster Posey has so far in his career. Sandy Koufax was ranked the #1 left-handed pitcher of all time over...

All-Star eavesdrops: Bumgarner the scout, Bumgarner the surfer?

* A Japanese reporter told Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner about Shohei Otani, a two-way player in Japan. * NL manager Terry Collins chose Wil Myers of the Padres, the local guy, to be his designated hitter but didn’t tell him right away. * Which current player would have the best chance to challenge Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak? “Jose Altuve,” Stephen Vogt said. * The Cubs had such a big contingent going to San Diego - players, family, staff -- the team charted two planes. White Sox pitcher Chris Sale said, “There are no repercussions coming from this game except having...

Giants in Cubs’ shadow at All-Star Game

Giants in Cubs’ shadow at All-Star Game The Cubs have seven All-Stars, more than the entire contingent from the Bay Area, which includes Giants Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt and Oakland’s Stephen Vogt. The Cubs’ entire infield will start for the National League. A reporter covering the Cubs asked Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was drafted by the Cubs and shipped to the A’s a year later, if he felt like the eighth Cubs All-Star. In year No. 108 since the Cubs won a World Series, there’s genuine belief in Wrigleyville and beyond that...

Giants’ Johnny Cueto will start All-Star Game

Giants’ Johnny Cueto will start All-Star Game SAN DIEGO — One day after Giants ace Madison Bumgarner carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and threw a one-hit shutout, another Giants ace was named to start Tuesday’s All Star Game. Johnny Cueto got the call from National League manager Terry Collins.

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