Madison Bumgarner is dealing, Giants lead Royals 2-0 through six innings in Game 5

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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.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.