On a team that boasts two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, it's Madison Bumgarner who is pitching like the San Francisco Giants ace.
Bumgarner will try to get a measure of revenge for his only loss of the season and end the Giants' eight-game skid against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night at Chase Field.
With Lincecum struggling, Bumgarner (5-1, 2.31 ERA) has stepped up. The 22-year-old left-hander, who went 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA last season, has won five straight starts and has a 1.25 ERA over the last three.
Bumgarner will record the longest personal winning streak of his four-year career with a victory Friday. He helped the Giants (15-16) end a four-game losing streak Saturday against Milwaukee, giving up one run over seven innings and contributing an RBI double in the 5-2 victory.
"He's the kind of guy I don't want to face," center fielder Angel Pagan said. "He's very tough. When he's on the mound every time, he's like a lion, he's ready to compete and win ...