Bum on the bump for Game 4

The Giants will send rookie Madison Bumgarner to the mound Wednesday for Game 4 of the NLCS.

Now, some note has been made about Bumgarner’s home/road splits this season. But let’s take a closer look.

Bumgarner was 6-3 with a 1.93 ERA on the road in the regular season, and that didn’t include his quality start in Game 4 of the NLDS.

At home? Bumgarner was was 1-3 with a 4.63. To get that ERA, you’ve look at 23 earned runs in 45 innings pitched at AT&T Park. He’s allowed five home runs at home.

But if you take away the Aug. 25 start against the Reds, his home numbers are not that bad.

You may remember that start. Bumgarner gave up seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitch. He gave up three of his five home runs allowed at home in that start.

Remove that start, and his home ERA is 3.40.

Three of his last four home starts were quality starts. The one that was not almost was a quality start — two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Since that disastrous start against the Reds, Bumgarner has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last seven starts, including the NLDS start against the Braves.

The Giants face Joe Blanton, who beat the Giants in his only start against them this season. In that start, he gave up two runs (both on homers) in 6.1 IP and struck out seven on Aug. 18.

But in September/October, he has given up eight home runs in seven appearances. He has not started since Sept. 29, when he gave up no earned runs in seven innings against the Nationals. He did pitch one inning of relief against the Braves on the last day of the season, giving up two runs on four hits.


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