The Giants are off to a disappointing start in 2017, with a 6-10 record that puts them four games out of first place in the NL West entering Friday’s action. A roster move the team made on Friday may put the Giants in an even bigger hole over the next couple of months.
The team placed SP Madison Bumgarner on the disabled list. While there is currently no timetable for his return and he will be re-evaluated next week, initial reports say Bumgarner is expected to be out for six to eight weeks. It is the first time since Bumgarner entered the league in 2009 that he has been placed on the DL. The 2014 NLCS and World Series MVP suffered bruised ribs and a sprain of his throwing shoulder on the team’s off-day Thursday when he had an accident while riding his dirt bike.
Bumgarner is 0-3 in his four starts this season, but he has only received 4 runs of support from the Giants’ offense. He has put up good numbers other than the record, which is out of his control and relies on help from his teammates to get wins. Bumgarner has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP with 28 strikeouts over 27 innings.
SP Ty Blach, who made two starts for the Giants in 2016, will take Bumgarner’s spot in the rotation, getting his first start of the season on Tuesday at home against the Dodgers. In six appearances out of the bullpen this year, Blach has posted a 5.79 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with just 1 strikeout in 4.2 innings.