Few starting pitchers have been better than Madison Bumgarner thus far. There may not be one off to a worse start than Edinson Volquez.
Those two squaring off appears to give the San Francisco Giants a big edge Friday night at AT&T Park, as might their recent history against the San Diego Padres going into the season series opener between these NL West foes.
While the Padres (5-10) are coming off an impressive three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium, outscoring Los Angeles 22-7, the Giants (9-7) were swept in three at Milwaukee this week while allowing 21 runs.
Bumgarner (3-0, 1.77 ERA) could give them a good chance to bounce back. He's looking to become the first NL pitcher to reach four wins after yielding four runs through his first three, spanning 20 1-3 innings.
The left-hander held the Chicago Cubs scoreless for six innings Saturday and was removed after allowing a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh, but the Giants hung on to win 3-2.
"All the pitches felt...