The word is that Madison Bumgarner is on the trade market. The Rockies name comes up in the rumor mill. But really? Think Bumgarner wants that? He has to enjoy pitching against the Rockies -- not pitching for them. He is 16-8 lifetime against the Rockies, his best record against any team. And even in a season of struggles, Bumgarner has the edge on Colorado. Just Tuesday, Bumgarner picked up a victory. He singled to drive in a run, and pitched six innings, allowing two runs, in the Giants' 4-2 victory against the Rockies. That's three times Bumgarner has picked up a win against the Rockies this year. He only has four wins to go with seven defeats. The only team he has beaten, other than the Rockies, is Arizona.
“Just doing his thing,” said Rockies manager Bud Black, who expressed admiration for Bumgarner’s competitiveness before the game. “A little different style than early MadBum. But [he] still [had] life to the fastball [and a] slider-cutter that comes into play against the lefties. Pitches in well, can get the ball away. Keeps the ball down overall. There’s some deception. Big guy [throwing] across his body, big arm action. There’s a lot of reasons why he has success.”
Bumgarner's 2019 Team-by-Team Matchups
At the Plate
Ian Desmond did hit a home run off Bumgarner, but then Desmond has been hitting against just about everybody lately. He has a .421 average in his last 16 games with six doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI. He is putting a slow start in his rearview mirror.
On the Mound
Jake McGee has been on the upswing this year after his struggles of a year ago. He still has been a victim of giving up runs with men who are on base when he enters, but only twice has he been charged with a run, and both times it was a home run. And the home runs have been hit by legitimate home run hitters -- Pete Alonso of the Mets, who with 27 home runs ranks second in MLB to Christian Yelich of the Brewers, and Manny Machado of the Padres, who has hit 17.
The Rockies have battled for survival in the division because of struggles against the last-place Giants (3-5) and first-place Dodgers (0-6). Their 17-16 record against the NL West is their second worst against the four divisions they have faced this year -- AL West, NL West, NL East, NL Central.