The likely centerpiece of an upcoming trade for the San Francisco Giants will toe the rubber for his 15th game this season. On the verge of getting dealt at the trade deadline, Bumgarner has enjoyed quite the success as a Giant in San Francisco. He has earned all of the money that the Giants have paid him and is a critical factor in the World Series that they’ve won in the last in the past decade.
While he might out the door in the Bay Area, his number will be retired in the future and he will likely sign a contract for a day to retire as a Giant. The Yankees are a contender who are circling around Bumgarner are a probable candidate to bring him in.
Either Bumgarner or Stroman are destined to be going to the Bronx. It wouldn’t be a trade deadline without the Yankees trading for an addition to the starting rotation. Their most recent were Sonny Gray and James Paxton. Bumgarner is more of a sure bet than both Gray and Paxton combined, though. His postseason experience can’t be matched, and it certainly gives the Giants more power than the Blue Jays do with Stroman at the bargaining table.
Bumgarner has just been focused on the now, though, and not worrying about the extra noise around him. He’s been solid and giving the Giants some good work on the bump. The Giants might be a losing ballclub in 2019, but Bumgarner is still showing up.
He’s had better seasons, and is currently on pace for the worst of his career, but is still better than a lot of what you’ll find in Major League Baseball these days. Bumgarner is coming off a dominant performance over the Dodgers, though the offense gave him no support in a 1-0 loss. Bumgarner will look for another standout performance against a contender on Saturday. Jimmy Nelson, who was rocked in his first start since 2017 against the Marlins, will seek brighter skies in San Francisco this afternoon. Head below for our free Brewers vs. Giants pick.
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It was a long road for Jimmy Nelson to return to the diamond after suffering a devastating injury in 2017. He missed all of 2018 while rehabbing to get back on the bump. Getting back to a position to start at the major league level is an accomplishment for him, but now his team is depending on him to get back into shape. The rotation has ben shaky at times and Nelson returning to form would be a nice upgrade for the Brewers. He was chased off the mound in 3 innings after allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, and 4 earned runs against the Marlins’ offense. Nelson wasn’t too spectacular while getting work in the minors before returning.
He posted an ERA of 3.75 with a 1.25 WHIP against minor league hitters in 24 innings. Nelson’s history against the Giants has been troublesome. While the Giants have struggled to consistently score runs from game to game, they’d have big numbers if they got to face Nelson everyday. The Giants are hitting .382 with a .469 OBP against Nelson in 55 at-bats. They’ve also connected for 4 long balls and 13 RBI’s. As Nelson is still trying to get his stroke back, the Giants should have ample opportunities with runners in scoring position on Saturday afternoon.
Conversely, the Brewers are hitting .239 with only 2 home runs against Bumgarner in 109 at-bats. Ryan Braun is the only hitter to go deep against Bumgarner, as he is responsible for both of the dingers. Bumgarner enters Saturday with a 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in his previous three outings. He’s allowed more than 3 runs in just one out of his last eight starts for the Giants. With question marks around what Jimmy Nelson the Brewers are going to get after so much time off, I’d go with one of the best pitcher’s we’ve seen in baseball across the last ten years at an affordable price.