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The silver linings from yesterday are beginning to lose their luster. Two-run homers from Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill once again brought the Giants painfully close to their first victory of the season, spoiled by the Dbacks hitting some of their own. Madison Bumgarner has been a hot pick as the breakout player of 2012, someone to take the next step into stardom. This always gets me worries as a fan, because life (and especially sports) never works out the way the majority thinks it will. That said, 7 hits and 1 walk in 4 innings for Bumgarner isn’t alarming. He was a slow starter last year, not pitching a quality start (6+ innings, 3 or fewer earned runs) until April 27th, his fifth start of the season. His season ERA didn’t drop below 4.00 until May 19th, and only floated above that mark once for a brief moment before cruising to a 3.21 season ERA. Not to mention that start on the 19th was the first time the Giants offense secured a victory that season. It was tough times for the...
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