Bumgarner and the Giants move on to the NLDS

Just like last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves playing in the NL Wild Card game. This time, the San Francisco Giants were in their way. On the mound, Pittsburgh sent out Edinson Volquez, while San Francisco went with their ace, Madison Bumgarner. Both starters were dealing through three innings, until the top of the fourth. Volquez got himself into a bases loaded...
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NL Wild Card: Pirates vs. Giants

Choosing who to root for tonight is basically a no-brainer for me. The most obvious reason is the fact that the Giants have won two World Series titles in the last five years, while the Pirates haven’t tasted victory in over three decades. But as I’ve noted in this space before, the Pirates boast a player from my home town of North Conway, NH (population: 2,349). Though Jeff...
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NL Wild Card Thread: Giants vs Pirates, 8:05 PM

San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8:07 PM, ESPN Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) vs. Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04)  The National League Wild Card Game will be in Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year, with the Pirates set to host the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park. The Pirates and Giants met six times this year and the Bucs won four of those...
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The 2014 National League Wild Card Game: There’s not much left to say

Now that it’s time to write a game preview for this game, I sort of feel talked out. I’ve said my piece about Edinson Volquez and about the Pirate offense and about the historical precedent between the Pirates and Giants and the nature of these one-game playoffs. I haven’t talked about the Giants much, but most of what I have to say can be boiled down into a couple of sentences...
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Russell Martin in Pirates lineup for Wild Card game

Getty Images The Pittsburgh Pirates will have catcher Russell Martin in the lineup for tonight’s National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants There was some concern whether or not Martin would be able to play in tonight’s game after he missed the final two games of the regular season with after re-aggravating a groin injury. Martin will be batting fifth against...
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The Daily Grind: National League Wild Card Game

Pittsburgh Pirates (E. Volquez) vs San Francisco Giants (M. Bumgarner) Pittsburgh hosts San Francisco tonight for the right to move on to the NLDS.  Edison Volquez will take the hill for the Pirates, opposed by Madison Bumgarner for the Giants. Both of these pitchers have been throwing very well lately. In his last 3 starts Volquez is 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA. Bumgarner is 1-1 with a...
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Madison Bumgarner: Slugger

Some time towards the end of my conversation with Madison Bumgarner last week, I couldn’t resist making a comment about his hitting. He does lead all pitchers in Wins Above Replacement as a batter, after all. (He also leads them in weighted runs created, weighted on base average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, isolated slugging percentage, […]
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Wild Card recap/preview

*I meant to publish this yesterday, but got caught up in work before I could finish it.  What a game last night. I’ve been on the record that I’m a fan of the current wild card format. In a perfect world I’d rather have it just be the two best teams in each league playing in a long World Series like it was a century ago, but $$$. I feel awful for Geo and Shark and the rest...
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Enough about Edinson Volquez: Let’s talk about how good the Pirates are at hitting

Much of the focus in the run-up to tonight’s Wild Card Game has understandably focused on Edinson Volquez. This is understandable. The Royals started James Shield, the A’s started Jon Lester, the Giants are starting Madison Bumgarner, and the Pirates are starting Edinson Volquez. Volquez sticks out like a sore thumb in that quartet, and his presence is even more remarkable because...
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MLB Game Picks - Wednesday: October 1, 2014

Wow! What a game! If that game last night between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland A's sets the tone for the entire post season, then we are off to one heck of a fun ride in October. I can't imagine much more of an exciting game than that one was.I was wrong with my first post season pick of the year. But what the heck do I care!? There were comebacks and stolen bases...
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Happy Blackout Day

If for some crazy reason you aren’t fired up yet, I’ve got you covered right here. First, some scenes from last year… Intros: Seconds before first pitch: “The Greatest 90 Seconds in PNC Park History” The last out: (And here’s the full game if you have a couple hours to kill) It will be tough to top what happened in this game one year ago. The combination of the end...
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NL Wild Card Game breakdown: Giants vs. Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates host the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night in the National League Wild Card Game (8:07 p.m. ET, ESPN). The winner moves on to face the top-seeded Washington Nationals in an NL Division Series, starting Friday. Edinson Volquez, 9-1 with a 1.85 in his last 17 starts, takes the hill for Pittsburgh, while Madison Bumgarner, 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA in 18 road starts...
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The Matchup: Edinson Volquez vs. Madison Bumgarner

When the Pirates signed Edinson Volquez in December, pretty much the most optimistic takes were something like “the Pirates can probably turn him around enough to make him a decent fifth starter and worth the $5 million.” Nobody in their wildest dreams would have imagined him taking the mound for Wild Card Blackout Part 2, but he will do exactly that on Wednesday night. While...
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Giants Ace Madison Bumgarner a Tall Task for Pirates Offense

The San Francisco Giants will host the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night in the wild card round with the winner advancing to the NLDS to face the top-seeded Washington Nationals. Because they used top pitcher Gerrit Cole this weekend in an attempt to catch the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, the Pirates will send Edinson Volquez to the mound. Meanwhile, the Giants...
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Blogger Roundtable: Wildcard Games

Welcome to the second Batting Leadoff Blogger Roundtable. Each week the Batting Leadoff team will each contribute their opinion on one of the game’s most pressing topics. This week the focus is on predicting the victors of each Wild Card Game!  Bryan Holcomb –  Both Wild Card games figure to feature some pretty good starting pitching, but overall, each matchup is lopsided...
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Who should be on the Giants Postseason Roster

#455999940 / Starting Rotation: Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 217.1 IP) Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP since being traded to the Giants) Yusmeiro Petit (1-2, 4.40 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in September) After Jake Peavy the Giants rotation gets shaky very quickly. Petit, Vogelsong and Hudson have all had tough Septembers, all have ERA’s over 4.30...
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Breaking down Madison Bumgarner

The Giants saved their ace for the Wild Card game. Though Madison Bumgarner has been a snot-rocket champion for some time, and a top pitcher, he’s turned it up a notch the last two seasons. A couple adjustments — one in approach and the other in mechanics — seem to have fueled this latest improvement. […]
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End of Season Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings

Johnny Cueto was one of three National League pitchers to win 20 games.  The other two were Clayton Kershaw (21) and Adam Wainwright (20).  Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer, Madison Bumgarner and Jered Weaver were the only other pitchers to win 18 games.  Cueto had an unbelievable season, and had it not been for Kershaw winning 21 of his 27 starts, he would be the NL Cy Young...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants to give ball to Bumgarner for NL wild-card game

  Giants manager Bruce Bochy has announced the worst-kept secret in San Francisco's clubhouse: left-hander Madison Bumgarner will start Wednesday's wild-card game against Pittsburgh or St. Louis. Bochy said before Sunday's regular-season finale against San Diego that he felt comfortable with Bumgarner or Jake Peavy on the mound. But given Bumgarner's success the...
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Madison Bumgarner to start wild card

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has announced the worst-kept secret in San Francisco's clubhouse: left-hander Madison Bumgarner will start Wednesday's wild-card game against Pittsburgh. Bochy said before Sunday's regular-season finale against San Diego that he felt comfortable with Bumgarner or Jake Peavy on the mound. But given Bumgarner's success the last few years...
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Giants To Face Pirates At PNC Park on Wednesday

With a 4-1 Pirates loss on Sunday afternoon, the San Francisco Giants finalized their travel plans, and will head to Pittsburgh for the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday at 5:07pm. Two strong pitchers will face off at PNC Park, as Madison Bumgarner takes the mound against Edinson Volquez, who is currently 5-0 with a 1.36 ERA over his last ten starts. Volquez has not faced...
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Giants announce Bumgarner will start NL wild card

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants manager Bruce Bochy has announced the worst-kept secret in San Francisco's clubhouse: left-hander Madison Bumgarner will start Wednesday's wild-card game against Pittsburgh or St. Louis. Bochy said before Sunday's regular-season finale against San Diego that he felt comfortable with Bumgarner or Jake Peavy on the mound. But given Bumgarner&...
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Bumgarner wins Willie Mac Award

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is the winner of the ''Willie Mac'' Award. Bumgarner, who is expected to pitch for San Francisco in next week's NL wild-card game, accepted the award in a 15-minute ceremony prior to Friday night's home game against the San Diego Padres. Several past winners of the award were on hand, including Dave Dravecky...
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San Francisco Giants: Potential Playoff issues

With the Milwaukee Brewers losing to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, the San Francisco Giants clinched a playoff berth before they even took the field. That’s cool. However, this team still has lots of issues heading into the one-game playoff that they need to win in hopes of making a deep playoff run. What are they? Stay tuned? The first and most obvious issues is that...
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Why Haven’t Mets Pitchers Hit In 2014?

Pitchers getting hits in baseball is like a trick play in the NFL. It works a very small percentage of the time but when it does, it can impact the game in a big way. You never expect the pitcher to get a hit but you appreciate it every once in a while. The Mets have been incredibly bad when it comes to their pitchers getting base hits this year. They rank 2nd worst to the Brewers...
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