The Giants are in the midst of another deep October run and Madison Bumgarner is leading the charge. The lefty starred in the wild card match up against Pittsburgh and kicked off the NLCS with 7.2 shutout innings against the Cardinals. During the start, he set the record for most consecutive scoreless playoff innings pitched on the road. In 2014, as Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain limped to -0.5 WAR combined, Bumgarner paced the pitching staff with 3.6 WAR and 30-plus starts, something he’s done every season since joining the rotation full-time in 2011. But, for all of the 25-year-old’s success, fantasy owners seem reluctant to make San Francisco’s ace their SP1. Is it time to fully embrace Bumgarner’s ascendance?
As the Boston Red Sox play out the string of a lost season, the front office is hard at work, evaluating what needs to be done to bounce back next year. With a blockbuster trade for Yoenis Cespedes at the 2014 MLB trade deadline and a high-profile, record-breaking signing to win a bidding war for Rusney Castillo, the Red Sox 2015 outfield is shaping up to look nothing like the 2014 Opening Day version. Let’s take a closer examination.
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