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'MadBum' And The Frying Pan

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Did you want us to lather it with cooking oil or would you prefer to stick and burn forever?

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That's a quote of mine from this very blog a few months ago when the Giants brought up their top pitching prospect to make his major league debut against the Boston Red Sox. At the time, they were the league's most potent offense. 

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It was, in every essence, trial by fire. They threw him in there to perform, and more or less, he did. He didn't pick up the win, but he pitched well and showed good poise. Now, I'm glad the Giants started him off the way they did. Is it a good thing to throw pitchers into the fire? Probably not. Pitchers seem to be a rather fragile bunch when it all comes down to it, but I'm at least inclined to believe that Bumgarner is one of the tough ones.

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There's not much of a point to this piece, only that, looking back, I didn't have much to worry about at all. Bumgarner isn't the best pitcher in the league, but I can already name quite a few (coughZITOcough) who he's better than at this point. And of course, starting him against the Red  Sox wasn't bad for him at all.

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