FBHS: What are the chances of Tim Alderson getting called up this season? What about Madison Bumgarner? How excited are you for the point in time where the name "Madison Bumgarner" is a household name?
TC: There is a very slight chance they come up in September when the rosters expand, but I wouldn't hold my breath. With the Giants' current starting pitching depth, there is really no reason to rush them either. If I had to guess as far as when they'd make their major league debuts, I'd say we're probably looking at June 2010. That said, they've been doing all they possibly can to fast-track themselves at the minor league level. Bumgarner's gone 4-0 in four outings since his promotion to AA Connecticuit. He's also striking out over a batter an inning, good for a 4:1strikeout/walk ratio, while carrying an era of 0.78. Alderson is 2-0 in his four games, while carrying a 1.89 era. He's demonstrated even more control than Bumgarner though, as he's walked only 1 in 19 innings of work, compared to 21 strikeouts. Both of these guys have tremendous command for their age and I think that once they get up to the bigs, they're here for good.
Bumgarner looks like he's going to be something special. Not only does he throw 94-96 with ease, he's got ridiculously good command for his age. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him come up and have the type of success Tim Lincecum did when he was brought up. Think Clayton Kershaw, but with more command, and maybe a little more polish, and that's what you have in Bumgarner.
FBHS: Who is going to get on the lineup card more and why. Kevin Frandsen or Emmanuel Burriss?
TC: Well, Frandsen is in
FBHS: Travis Ishikawa didn't hit his first home run until May 25, but the word I'm hearing is that he is the first basemen for the Giants. One home run from the first basemen is pretty bad it's almost like they are better off hitting the pitcher twice. Would you prefer Jesus Guzman or someone else?TC: Guzman got a handful of at-bats when the Giants played in
Giants Notes: The Giants' bullpen got roughed up on Tuesday for the first time in a while. They were unable to hold the game for Tim Lincecum as both Bob Howry and Merkin Valdez were charged with 3 earned runs in only 1/3 of an inning. The Giants' pen had been pretty through most of the first 2 months of the season and Tuesday's meltdown was something that hasn't happened a whole lot this year so I wouldn't worry too much about it. It does suck that Timmy couldn't reel in win number 5, but they've still won five of their last seven ballgames so expect them to get right back on track tomorrow night.... Speaking of tomorrow night, the Giants will send Randy Johnson to the hill in effort to collect win number 300 so defenitely tune in Wednesday night to possibly witness some history!