Madison Bumgarner start may be pushed back to play spoiler vs. Dodgers


Madison Bumgarner start may be pushed back to play spoiler vs. Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants have been coy about their plans for the final weekend of the regular season, but it does appear they're preparing to throw their best at the Los Angeles Dodgers over the final three games. 

Right-hander Casey Kelly is an option to start next Wednesday at home, manager Bruce Bochy said. That was originally Madison Bumgarner's slot, and if Bumgarner does not start that game, he can be pushed back to Friday's opener against the Dodgers. 

The Giants could start Bumgarner, Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez against the Dodgers, although Bochy said he would be comfortable with Derek Holland or Chris Stratton, too. The manager noted that all his starters are pitching well right now. The Giants have allowed just three earned runs in their last 37 innings and have a 3.32 staff ERA since June 1, the lowest figure in the majors. 

The Giants lost any hope of making an NL West run when they got swept out of Cincinnati last month, but they still will have an impact on the final standings. They took two of three from the Rockies over the weekend, ironically putting the rival Dodgers briefly back into first. The Rockies currently lead the Dodgers by half a game, with the Cardinals and Dodgers tied for the second Wild Card spot. The odds are good that those final three games at AT&T Park will help decide the division champion, and the Giants look poised to let their ace try and play spoiler. 

Drew Pomeranz was thinking 'attack' in historic effort in Giants' loss

Drew Pomeranz was thinking 'attack' in historic effort in Giants' loss

Drew Pomeranz had a career night Monday at Oracle Park. Unfortunately for the Giants starter, he still came away with his eighth loss of the season.

In five innings pitched, Pomeranz matched a career high with 11 strikeouts. It's the third time in his nine-year career that he's struck out that many batters in a game.

But that's not even the best stat regarding Pomeranz's 11 strikeouts against the Rockies.

That's right. Pomeranz did something that no other Giants pitcher had accomplished in 126 years.

"I was just thinking attack," Pomeranz told the media after the Giants' 2-0 loss to the Rockies. "Didn't want to walk guys, even though I did walk guys. Some of the other guys had three-pitch strikeouts, so that helps balance things out."

Pomeranz walked just two batters. He pitched well enough to win, but his one mistake — a two-run homer allowed to Rockies outfielder David Dahl — cost him.

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"He had good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the media. "His curveball got better as he went. Had a good fastball going tonight, good life on it, and I think it showed on the strikeouts."

Rockies vs. Giants lineups: Red-hot Alex Dickerson batting second

Rockies vs. Giants lineups: Red-hot Alex Dickerson batting second

Giants fans at Oracle Park on Monday night will get an early look at Alex Dickerson.

As the team returns to San Francisco from a seven-game road trip, Dickerson will be batting second in the lineup against Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies.

Dickerson joined the Giants on Friday in Arizona and went 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits and nine RBI in the three-game series. He batted seventh in all three games.

Giants starter Drew Pomeranz takes his 7.09 ERA to the mound and will look to bounce back from a rough outing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

First pitch for Rockies-Giants is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT, with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

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Here are the full Rockies-Giants lineups:

Colorado Rockies (40-37)
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
2. David Dahl (L) CF
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B
5. Ryan McMahon (L) 2B
6. Raimel Tapia (L) LF
7. Pat Valaika (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. Jon Gray (R) P (7-5, 4.18)

San Francisco Giants (33-43)
1. Mike Yastrzemski (L) RF
2. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 1B
5. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
6. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Donovan Solano (R) SS
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P (2-7, 7.09 ERA)