San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Freddy Sanchez during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Poor Madison Bumgarner.
Talk about some bad luck. The soon-to-be 22-year-old lefty has pitched well this season for the defending world champions but his record sure doesn't show it.
Entering tonight's start at home against the surging Minnesota Twins, Bumgarner is sporting an ugly 3-8 record despite his 3.21 ERA as the fourth starter in the Giants' rotation.
He's getting terrible run support and just some all-around bad luck.
But if there was ever night his teammates would want to help him out a little bit, it would be tonight as the Giants are looking to rebound from a weekend sweep at the hands of the neighboring Oakland A's which dropped the Giants' lead in the NL West to just a half-game over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Twins have been pretty awful this year, but they're starting to pick up the pieces, having won seven straight and sporting a 9-1 clip in their last 10 games.
By the time the night is over, the Giants could be out of first place, and Bumgarner is counting on his teammates to stop that from happening.