Madison Bumgarner, the touted rookie pitcher, lost his second game since being called up and you have to ask yourself—will he come around this year in the majors and how long should I give him a roster spot if he doesn't?
After losses to the Red Sox and the Rockies, the initial numbers are somewhat skewed by a 5.14 ERA. Looking past that he has a 5 to 1 K:BB ratio and lasted seven innings both games.
In fact, against Boston, Madison settled in quite comfortably after the second inning, only giving up one hit through the next five innings. Colorado was a bit different though, tagging him in the first, fourth and fifth innings.
So after the first two games, I think we are seeing a rookie who is a little nervous about finally being on the big stage.
Remember, there is only one Stephen Strasburg this year (there may only be one Strasburg this decade), so let's try not to directly compare the two.
There is one huge advantage that Bumgarner has been given though—he is pitching beside arguably the best starting staff in the league. As a rookie, you can't ask for better tutelage. Getting tips from Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez & Barry Zito will quickly improve your game.
Strasburg is surrounded by, well… nobody worth mentioning.
My final analysis and recommendation is to hold onto this stud in the making for at least another four starts. If he starts to damage your team, which I doubt he will, drop him.
In keeper leagues, he may not be worth it, since it is rare that starting pitchers are kept. His next two starts are against Milwaukee and then Washington. Milwaukee has started to heat up, so it will be difficult for Madison to get the win.
Also, it doesn't look like we will be getting the Bumgarner/Strasburg matchup this time around… Bummer!
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