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Today's Match Up: Milwaukee (Gallardo) at Giants (Bumgarner)

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Madison Bumgarner (5-9, 3.72) has had heaps and heaps of praise piled on him this season and with good reason as he is a 21 year old left hander who throws in the 90s and has a 2.41 FIP, third in the major leagues among all qualified starters.  I'd say that is a pretty good season.  He doesn't have an astronomical K/9 rate, but his current 7.81 K/9 is more than serviceable, especially when coupled with a very good 2.05 BB/9 and an outstanding 0.30 HR/9.  Bumgarner has now made a total of 39 starts in the Majors over the past couple of seasons and has compiled a 3.30 ERA and a 3.08 FIP overall. 

Bumgarner has yet to allow a home run to a left handed hitter this year, but he does seem to pitch much worse at home than on the road oddly enough.  In 2011 in San Francisco he has an opponents line of .313/.356/.415 and a 5+ ERA whereas on the road he has an opponents line of .233/.273/.316 and a 2.54 ERA. 

Bumgarner throws a 92 MPH four seamer, a 92 MPH two seamer, an 87 MPH slider, and a 77 MPH curveball.  Only his curveball has a negative value over his career according to fangraphs, and even that is very slight.  This season, both the curve and changeup have small negative values. 

Bumgarner has not faced a Brewers hitter ten or more times.

Yovani Gallardo (11-6, 3.96) takes the mound for Milwaukee today.  His last outing, against Arizona, he went six innings and allowed three runs, though only one was earned.  Gallardo has faced five current Giants at least ten times.  Here is how they have fared:

PA Slash Line
Mike Fontenot 14 .231/.286/.308
Jeff Keppinger 13 .308/.308/.462
Aaron Rowand 13 .231/.231/.462
Pablo Sandoval 13 .167/.231/.417
Nate Schierholtz 11 .300/.364/.400

 

Sunday=Funday Lineup:

RF Hart
3B Wilson
LF Braun
1B Fielder
2B Weeks
SS Betancourt
C Lucroy
CF Carroll
P Gallardo

And in the Bullpen:

Kameron Loe pitched .1 innings (13 pitches) yesterday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) yesterday.
Marco Estrada pitched .2 innings (3 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford
pitched one inning (18 pitches) Friday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (14 pitches) Friday.

Takashi Saito pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) Wednesday.
Tim Dillard probably found Waldo by now.