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.
Pedro Gomez of ESPN.com reports that Jonathan Sanchez has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers after being released by the Pirates last week.
Sanchez is 1-12 with an 8.73 ERA, .330 opponents’ batting average, and more walks (61) than strikeouts (60) in 78 innings since the beginning of last season, so presumably it would take a pretty impressive stretch at Triple-A for the Dodgers to consider calling him up.
That terrible pitching included allowing 18 runs in 13.2 innings for the Pirates and last season he wasn’t even much good in the minors.
Last week the Pirates designated Jonathan Sanchez for assignment and today they released the left-hander after he predictably passed through waivers unclaimed.
Sanchez has been the worst pitcher in baseball since the beginning of last season, going 1-12 with an 8.73 ERA, .330 opponents’ batting average, and more walks (61) than strikeouts (60) in 78 innings. That includes an 11.25 ERA for the Pirates, which consists of 18 runs in 13.2 innings.
Sanchez is only 29 years old and not that far removed from throwing a no-hitter and being a high-strikeout starter with some upside, but it’s hard to overstate how awful he’s been.
Francisco Liriano wasn’t exactly sharp in his minor-league rehab start Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings at Triple-A, but apparently the Pirates are convinced he’s ready to go.
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Liriano is expected to make his Pirates debut Saturday against the Mets after missing the first six weeks of the season with a broken non-pitching arm.
Despite not being particularly sharp Sunday he’s fully stretched out, throwing 98 pitches, and Liriano was very good in his previous two Triple-A outings. Overall at Triple-A he has a 3.38 ERA and 23/1 K/BB ratio in 16 innings, so Sunday’s poor start aside he’s been pretty strong overall.
At the very least he can’t be any worse than Jonathan Sanchez.