Found March 16, 2012 on
Author: Andrew Swanson
The defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants appear to be suffering from a case of the proverbial post-season hangover. The club’s anemic offense has failed to provide sufficient run support and clutch hits, batting a combined .237 for the month of April while ranking near the bottom of the majors in runs scored and on-base percentage.
In addition to poor hitting, the Giants vaunted starting pitching has not been as dominant as in their championship run last season, and the club’s bullpen has failed on numerous occasions to finish games without incident.
Perhaps the most glaring issue for the club in April was the poor defensive play of their aging vets. The Aubrey Huff experiment in right field was a complete disaster, as his lack of range and below average fielding skills cost the club dearly. In addition, newly acquired veteran Miguel Tejada has proven to be an Achilles heel at shortstop, and his below average bat speed and power make him look every bit of 39 years of age.
As is the case with every under-performing team, the Giants have a few players who are buy low and free-agent candidates. One such player is Madison Bumgarner, the club’s 21 year old southpaw who gained national attention after a solid performance against the Rangers in game 4 of the 2010 World Series.
Bumgarner stumbled out of the gates this season, posting a less than spectacular 0-5 record with a 4.75 ERA. Although the young “slinger” has certainly struggled this season, he has delivered two strong performances over his last two appearances, including seven strong innings against the Nationals on Monday night. In that contest, Bumgarner struck on seven and walked one batter while carrying a no-hitter into the 5th inning.
It appears that fantasy owners have given up hope on Bumgarner, as his ownership rate on Yahoo has fallen to 55%. For owners looking for a solid number four starter, using a waiver pick on Bumgarner could be an excellent move. It appears that the young lefty has worked out the kinks in his mechanics and should provide numerous quality starts over the remainder of the season.
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San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain celebrates after winning the 2010 World Series after defeating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in game 5 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas on November 1, 2010. The Giants won the series 4 games to 1. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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