Saturday marked the much anticipated major league debut of Madison Bumgarner, the Giants' best pitching prospect and future of our starting rotation. And yours truly was one of 42,000+ in attendance for the event.
Although not as dominant as in previous seasons Bumgarner has gone 7-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in triple A this year.
In his first major league game? 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA.
But as I usually try to do here, is focus on the positive. Maddy made some early mistakes on Saturday, giving up a solo homer, and a mistake over the plate that gave Mike Cameron a 3 run dinger. But afterwards he settled down and pitched 5 scoreless innings against the Red Sox to keep us in the game despite a lack of support from the offense.
While watching the game I reconciled with the eventual disappointment of another Giants loss with this obvious fact:
Bumgarner is finally here, and we don't have to watch Joe Martinez or Todd Wellemeyer pretend to have major league stuff anymore!
Are we asking that Maddy have a better game than this one where he held one of the league's most potent offenses to 4 runs over 7 innings? Sure. But we are also only asking him to be our 5th starter for the remainder of this season.
5th as in, not as good as 1-4 but who is still solid and can get us wins every once in awhile. Wellemeyer could do that with some degree of success at least at home, but essentially he was a placeholder for when Maddy was ready to play.
Despite our rotation getting shelled one by one lately (Timmy getting knocked out today), I still believe in them and I'm excited to watch it go a couple rounds the way its shaped out to be now:
I fully expect this rotation to solidify and start paying major dividends that will propel us to the playoffs. And just in time too... Guess who's at the front door boys and girls?
BEAT LA!! BEAT LA!! BEAT LA!!
Laws of the Day
Orange Jerseys - 8-0
Satuday was my 9th Giants game this season and my record is currently 4-5
Despite a series loss to the Astros and to the Red Sox, the Giants are still in 2nd place in the NL West, 4.5 games back of the Padres with 3rd place Dodgers coming into town.