Giants manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti have discussed using Madison Bumgarner on short rest if the Giants lose Game 3 of the World Series against the Royals, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports. As of right now, Ryan Vogelsong remains slated to start Game 4 opposite Jason Vargas.
Bumgarner hasn’t pitched on short rest during the post-season. In fact, the only time he has pitched on short rest in the playoffs was back in 2010 against the Phillies in Game 6 of the NLCS, when he held the opposition scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, trailing Jonathan Sanchez and Jeremy Affeldt who also pitched two innings apiece.
Over five starts spanning 38 2/3 innings thus far in the playoffs, Bumgarner has a 1.40 ERA and a 33/6 K/BB ratio.