Madison Bumgarner could pitch behind Tim Lincecum as the Giants’ No. 2 starter to open the season, according to reports released earlier today.
The headline, “Bumgarner to be Giants’ No. 2 starter?” made uneasy right when I saw it.
I know this seems like relative non-news, and normally it wouldn’t stir up much more than a “Hm, that’s interesting,” but this news comes just a few days after it was reported that the Matt Cain negotiations are going nowhere.
And I’m afraid that this can only make things worse. It certainly doesn’t help.
I have no reason to believe Matt Cain is a petty man. In fact, he seems refreshingly bereft of ego. But why risk him taking offense to being dropped to the No. 3 starter? Why give him any reason to be less eager to re-sign?
Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m making too much out of absolutely nothing like some sort of paranoid, neurotic MacGyver.
But then I read this:
(Manager Bruce) Bochy has given enough thought to (the possibility of moving Bumgarner to No. 2) t