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Sunday, March 20, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: TOUGH SPRING FOR MADISON BUMGARNER

Prior to the 2015 fantasy baseball season, we admitted to having some pause when it came to investing again in one of our favorite touts in San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.  Having nothing to do with his ability and almost all to do with the insane amount of innings tossed by Bumgarner as the Giants played into November in winning the World Series, we felt there was a decent threat of injury or some "bounce" to his expected numbers due to fatigue.  Well Bumgarner continued to show he was a robot who didn't play by normal health rules as he was every bit the ace he always has been last season and in fact he was as good as ever as he reached a new high in strikeouts while maintaining his stellar ratios.  Thus as 2016 spring training came around, there was no talk of such fears unlike the year prior.  Well maybe Bumgarner just waited a year to manifest some trouble as his spring training so far has been nothing short of a disaster.  First Bumgarner threw some major fear into his owners by coming down with both a foot and an oblique issue that cost him a few days.  Then upon his return, Madison got his face beat on his first start back on Saturday as he gave up 5 earned runs in 2.2 innings.  While not mentioning any health trouble, Bumgarner did say that he has been fighting his delivery all spring and even going back to the winter.  Not what you wasn't to hear with the season fast approaching.  Of course like we mentioned earlier, Bumgarner has shown he has not a human with his ability to maintain his stuff through some insane workloads at a very young age.  However the Giants have an awful track record with maintaining young pitches who throw hard like Bumgarner as one only has to look at how the careers of Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are wiped out at 30.  Not saying this is what will happen with Bumgarner but it is a reminder of how things could go wrong here suddenly given how much usage he has had. 

 

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