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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.