Giants starter Madison Bumgarner has firmly established himself as one of the best-hitting pitchers in baseball. He came into Saturday’s start against the Athletics with eight career home runs, hitting two of them in 2012, four last season, and two this season.
He tacked on and helped his own cause on Saturday, drilling a solo home run to left field off of Chris Bassitt, giving the Giants an early 1-0 lead. Strangely enough, pitchers hitting at least three homers in consecutive seasons has happened before recently, thanks to Cubs pitcher Travis Wood, who accomplished the feat in 2013-14. Carlos Zambrano also did it for the Cubs in 2008-09. Johnny Antonelli was the last Giant, and he did it in three consecutive seasons between 1955-57.
Watch the blast:
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Bumgarner also did a terrific job on the mound, as per usual. He held the A’s to one run over seven innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out seven. He now has a 3.16 ERA with a 131/26 K/BB ratio over 131 innings.
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.