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9/5 Gamethread: Giants vs. Diamondbacks

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Trevor Cahill vs. Madison Bumgarner.

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Counting the postseason, Madison Bumgarner pitched in 309 games for the San Francisco Giants.

Now, in his fifth game with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he returns to Oracle Park.


Game #40

Who: San Francisco Giants (18-21) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-24)
Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
When: 6:15 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area (available through fuboTV)
National broadcast: None
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM


Lineups

It doesn’t feel right to have a lineup face Bumgarner and Buster Posey not be in it, but here we are. Still plenty of former teammates who will get their first chance to face MadBum. And Austin Slater returns!

  1. DH — Austin Slater (R) — .347/.458/.653 — 202 OPS+
  2. 2B — Wilmer Flores (R) — .292/.340/.523 — 134 OPS+
  3. RF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .299/.416/.597 — 176 OPS+
  4. 3B — Evan Longoria (R) — .295/.331/.467 — 117 OPS+
  5. LF — Darin Ruf (R) — .240/.333/.360 — 92 OPS+
  6. 1B — Brandon Belt (L) — .341/.429/.659 — 195 OPS+
  7. SS — Daniel Robertson (R) — .600/.667/.600 — 255 OPS+
  8. C — Joey Bart (R) — .250/.340/.318 — 84 OPS+
  9. CF — Mauricio Dubón (R) — .286/.330/.352 — 89 OPS+
    RHP — Trevor Cahill — 2.51 ERA, 4.53 FIP, 18 K and 9 BB in 14.1 IP

And here’s Bumgarner’s crew:

  1. RF — Kole Calhoun (L) — .189/.316/.425 — 96 OPS+
  2. 2B — Ketel Marte (S) — .315/.350/.443 — 111 OPS+
  3. 1B — Christian Walker (R) — .289/.348/.486 — 120 OPS+
  4. LF — David Peralta (L) — .279/.329/.382 — 90 OPS+
  5. 3B — Eduardo Escobar (S) — .194/.278/.336 — 64 OPS+
  6. DH — Josh Rojas (L) — .250/.308/.250 — 53 OPS+
  7. SS — Nick Ahmed (R) — .246/.308/.388 — 85 OPS+
  8. CF — Daulton Varsho (L) — .146/.222/.195 — 14 OPS+
  9. C — Carson Kelly (R) — .186/.240/.300 — 44 OPS+
    LHP — Madison Bumgarner — 9.35 ERA, 8.79 FIP, 13 K and 7 BB in 17.1 IP

Notes

Slater in, Duggar out: Austin Slater was reinstated before the game, after about two weeks on the Injured List. Steven Duggar was optioned to make room for him. It will be great to see Slater back in, and he could be a difference maker: he’s hitting 9-20 with 3 home runs, 1 double, and 6 walks against lefties.

Home runs? After a few atrocious years with the long ball, the Giants are starting to hit a good number of dingers. They’re averaging 1.3 homers per game, after just 1.0 a year ago, and 0.8 the year prior. Bumgarner has been trending in a bad direction with allowing homers for a few years now, and he’s already given up 7 home runs in 17.1 innings this year.

Ruf! The Giants have faced a lot of righties lately, and Alex Dickerson has been hot enough that he’s gotten the start against a fair number of lefties. And so Darin Ruf gets just his second start in the last week-plus.


Enjoy the baseball, friends.