Unhappy with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak’s strike zone, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had some words on his way back to the dugout after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning. That earned Bumgarner his first career ejection, as John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle notes.
Bumgarner yielded four runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. It’s only the second start of the year for the lefty, who debuted last Tuesday after working his way back from a fractured left pinkie finger.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.