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.
The good news: most-traveled-player ever Edwin Jackson has a job again. The bad news: it’s not with team number 15. He’s repeating himself, going back to the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2009. Oh well.
Jackson, 35, posted a ghastly 11.12 ERA in 28 and a third innings over eight appearances with the Blue Jays this season, five of which came as starts. If he can manage to be merely bad instead of terrible he’s likely to get several starts for Detroit in the second half as the Tigers are playing for nothing and teams playing for nothing are well-served by veteran arms.
And heck, if he starts one in the next week or so and is amazing, maybe — just maybe — Detroit can flip him to team number 15? We can dream, can’t we?