Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/5/12
The NL West-leading San Francisco Giants have one of baseball's best rotations, but they haven't been pitching up to their lofty standards lately. Madison Bumgarner is a part of this disturbing trend, and a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks might not help him out of his funk. Bumgarner tries to avoid losing a third straight start and put an end to his struggles with the Diamondbacks in Wednesday night's finale in San Francisco. Through last Tuesday, the Giants' starters had the majors' fifth-best ERA at 3.60, but in the last seven games the rotation has posted a 7.88 ERA. Despite the shaky starting pitching, San Francisco (77-59) still won five of those contests, and 11 of 15 overall. The Giants were unable to overcome Ryan Vogelsong's poor performance Tuesday against Arizona, however. Vogelsong, who had the league's best ERA three weeks ago, gave up six runs in 3 1-3 innings and San Francisco was forced to use 11 pitchers, matching a major league record for an extra-innin...
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