Madison Bumgarner's Last Rehab Start in San Jose
Yesterday, in front of a sold-out crowd at San Jose’s Municipal Stadium, Madison Bumgarner pitched against the Modesto Nuts in what was his final rehab start before rejoining the San Francisco Giants. While Bumgarner was not the Herculean figure that he has shown us he can be during the postseason, he did well enough to allow Giants fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
He threw 6 innings, allowed two hits, one unearned run, and struck out 8 batters. While this stat line looks incredible, it does not tell you that he had trouble holding runners when they did reach base, as he allowed two stolen bases. His fastball was also a lacking, he was sitting 88-90 miles per hour with it. However, he did have excellent command of his off-speed pitches and was able to mix his pitches very well.
All in all, it was a start I think all Giants fan expected Bumgarner to have against a Single-A baseball team. His start left me wondering what he could have done this year in a full season, and made me wonder how the Giants would be doing if they had that consistent force atop their rotation to right the ship every 5 days. I am excited to see how Bumgarner will fare against big league hitters for the rest of the year, and hope that he will provide us with the consistent quality starts that we have been lacking.
The Giants will not make the playoffs this year, they are staring up at 3 of the top 4 teams in the National League, and simply cannot keep up. However, Bumgarner is about to return to the team, and later in the year, we will have multiple key pieces return to the team like Eduardo Nuñez and Jarrett Parker. Hopefully the return of these key pieces will allow the Giants to get a little momentum and inch closer to .500, and give us a reason to believe that the Giants will be back next year ready to contend with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies for the NL West crown.
ALSO, at one point I was sitting like 30 feet away from Ryan Vogelsong and I still can't get over how cool that was.