With six shutout innings thus far in Game 5 of the World Series, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner has lowered his 2014 post-season ERA to 1.21 and his World Series ERA to 0.69. The lefty has induced what seems to be only swings and misses or weak contact. He has limited the Royals to three hits and zero walks while striking out seven. He’s thrown 80 pitches.
The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a Brandon Crawford RBI ground out. Crawford added on an insurance run in the fourth inning with an RBI single to center field.
Bumgarner’s opponent on the hill, Royals starter James Shields, has given up the two runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.