Lefty Madison Bumgarner will get the start in today’s Game 2 of the World Series after having his spot skipped in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series in favor of Tim Lincecum.
The 23-year-old had previously been working out some mechanical issues that may have contributed to a decrease in velocity and production over the past several weeks, though he said it’s too soon to tell whether he’ll feel as good as he had most of the year.
“I hadn’t really been able to tell a big difference with the longer layoff,” he said. “You might feel a little fresher, but you’re doing your work on the side and some stuff. … You know, there’s no way to really tell until you get out there and get going.”
Bumgarner has given up 10 earned runs in just eight innings of work this postseason, getting credited with a loss in each of the previous two series.
Homecoming: Doug Fister, who will take the mound today for the Detroit Tigers, let media in on a little secret regarding this World Series.
“Growing up, don’t tell anybody, I was a Giants fan,” the Merced native said. “Being able to come up to games when I was little, it’s always been a dream and goal for me, and now it’s happening.”
He said it will not affect his plan on the field, however.
“It holds a little bit more special place in my heart, I would say, but it doesn’t change what we do on the field,” Fister said.
New rules: Playing at least two games in Detroit means Giants manager Bruce Bochy will have the chance to get an extra bat in the lineup as a DH, though as of Wednesday he was not ready to reveal his plans yet.
He did say he plans on having Buster Posey catch every game this series, a change from the regular season when the MVP candidate occasionally got a start at first base to keep his legs fresh.
“As far as the DH, I have a couple of options with [Aubrey] Huff and [Hector] Sanchez,” he said. “I think I could have a couple other options too. I mean, I could put Arias at third base and DH [Pablo] Sandoval. These are things we’re talking about now.”