Reports came out today that the Phillies have spoke with the Giants about possibly trading for pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Although the Phillies have shown great improvements on offense, pitching has still been an area that has room for improvement. Bumgarner is currently 29 years old and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. However, he could still be a good addition at the right price for the Phillies even if it’s only a one year rental.
For his career, Bumgarner has a record of 110-85 with an ERA of 3.04. So far this season, he has made three starts and is 0-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings of work. Although still winless on the year, Bumgarner could prove to be a solid piece to add to this rotation for multiple reasons. The first reason is that he does not walk opposing batters very often. In his 19 innings this season, he has only walked four batters while striking out 16.
Shining Under the Bright Lights
The biggest reason why Bumgarner could be a great addition to the Phillies is his performance in the postseason. He has proved on multiple occasions that he steps his game up when October rolls around. For his career in the postseason, he has a record of 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA. Bumgarner also has shown he is a shutdown pitcher in the World Series.
In his five World Series appearances, he is undefeated at 4-0, has an ERA of 0.25, and has also recorded a save. He has also tallied 31 strikeouts in those five appearances. Pitching has been a weak point of this roster, and it needs to be addressed if the Phillies are going to make a deep run in the postseason this year.
Bumgarner is a proven ace that could be paired with Nola and Arrieta when October rolls around. He has also made appearances out of the bullpen which could be something this team will need. If the Phillies could get him at a good price, it could push them even closer into the picture of teams that can contend for a World Series this year.