The Giants will play back-to-back interleague series this week with two games in Boston against the Red Sox on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a three-game set in New York against the Yankees starting on Friday.
Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to start Friday’s game. Unlike on June 30, Giants manager Bruce Bochy does not plan to give up the DH to allow Bumgarner to hit, per CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic. Bochy said his team would be facing a lot of right-handed pitching, and also mentioned that the weather would be hot and humid.
Bumgarner is currently one of the best arguments against the DH. The ace has belted two home runs already this year, giving him 13 since the start of the 2012 season. The only other pitchers with at least five home runs since 2012 are Travis Wood (seven) and Mike Leake (six).
As far as the pitching goes, Bumgarner is in the midst of what may end up being the best season of his career. He’s 10-5 with a 2.12 ERA and a 155/33 K/BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings.