About That Bullpen

You were probably watching the game. On Monday night, Madison Bumgarner threw a gem: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K. The only real mistake he made was giving up a home run to world-beater Yasiel Puig in the first inning. He had thrown 107 pitches. Despite 8 hits and 4 walks off the Dodgers’ starter, Hyun-jin Ryu, the Giants had only managed to score one run, and so the game was tied at one apiece. In the top of the eighth, the Giants went down in order, and the game proceeded to the bottom of the eighth.

And Madison Bumgarner came out to pitch in the bottom of the eighth.

Why? Why would Bruce Bochy do this? Bringing in a reliever to start the eighth, rather than waiting to see if/when MadBum got in trouble, was the obvious move even as it was happening. While 107 pitches isn’t an extraordinary amount, it’s not like Bumgarner had been truly cruising. In the bottom of the seventh The Dodgers coming up to bat were Nick Punto (switch-hitter), Mark Ellis (righty), and Yasiel Puig (righty). Bringing in George Kontos to start the innings seems like it would have been a much better decision than waiting to bring him in until there were runners on first and third with none out, as would eventually be the case. Continue reading


Battle Of The Disabled Lists

With all the injuries the Giants have suffered this season, they might as well be likened to the Oakland A’s — a team known for their absurd use of the disabled list.

This weekend, in the final three games of the yearly Bay Bridge series, the two teams hanging on by journeymen and bench players, the two rivals square off in what may be a shocker for the Bay.

And by “shocker,” it either means that the Giants will prove to have an offense or the A’s will actually win a game. It’s never too optimistic for Bay Area sports fans when it comes to baseball. Well, despite that whole winning-a-World-Series thing.

For the A’s, starters Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, and Tyson Ross are all on the DL. As is second baseman Mark Ellis and zombie pitcher Rich Harden.

In the black and orange corner, infielders Brandon Belt, Freddy Sanchez, Mike Fontenot, and Mark DeRosa are all on the DL. Starter Barry Zito is also placed on the list of those who are disabled, along with Darren Ford and one Gerald Posey.

Who will be the victor? Who’s the best around? as the Double Stuf Racing League theme goes.

On the other hand, with all these injuries roaming around, it might just be best for these two teams to face each other in a DSRL battle. Nah? Moving on, then.

It will be a battle in the Bay, indeed. You have a starter here, and a position player there, and a zombie waiting to be released into the wilderness of Mount Davis.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the series just ends in a choreographed Thriller routine.