They hit. A lot. On occasion. Occasions like last night. That is something we all wish we didn’t know about the Twins. Fear not! I’m going to make you feel a lot better. Therapy Emily is here.
But first, wipe that horrified look off your face.
Yes, Madison Bumgarner made history as the first pitcher since 1900 to let in eight runs, while only recording one out. Yes, the Giants, while they got nine hits, only managed two runs. Yes, it was a basically horrifying night.
But at the same time, it’s an easier loss to take for me as a fan. Because it was a no-doubter, you know? Madison was absolutely, utterly terribly. That’s it. That’s what went wrong.
Likelihood is? He’ll be just fine in the future. And even if this were to be a signal of things to come for him in the future, I don’t know why people are calling for him to be traded right now. This is the worst possible moment to trade him. His stock is at its lowest. Wait for him to squeeze out some quality starts and then trade him, if you must. Additionally, I disagree with people saying he should be sent down or skip a start. His morale is probably also at its lowest. Unless there’s an underlying, bigger physical or mechanical issue that they know of, I think they should let him take the mound in five days. And see how it plays out. Show a little confidence in him.
Zito, of course, took last night to throw a two hit, complete game shutout for Fresno, making a nice little bid for a spot in the wacky rotation. But Bochy denies anything happening with Bumgarner and says he’s meeting with Barry today, which sounds foreboding, but maybe I’m just paranoid. We’ll see.
A little brightsideness? Today is Ryan Vogelsong and I actually think he could be a stopper. Never thought I’d write those words. But baseball is a strange game.
Try saying that to Madison Bumgarner.
p.s. Dodger Stadium today? Oh. My. God. That is so empty it’s not even funny. And believe me, I find just about everything about the Dodgers funny.
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