Real or Not? MadBum’s return makes NL West a four-team race
The Giants got ace Madison Bumgarner back in action, which could be the nudge they need to keep another title bid alive.
OK, I said this was going to be a rabbit hole, so those lists beg the question: Who was Jim Levey? And how did he manage to have two of the worst seasons ever?
Reds: Homer Bailey will make a rehab start either Monday or Tuesday. He’s on the DL with a sore left knee. Bailey is 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA in 12 starts.
Cardinals: Michael Wacha (7-1) is 10-1 career against the Reds, including 9-0 in his last 12 starts St. Louis has won every game. Wacha hasn’t lost to Cincinnati since Sept. 9, 2014. In his start against the Pirates on Sunday, he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and pinch-hitter Colin Moran singled leading off.
Reds: Luis Castillo (4-6) has lost his last two starts, giving up eight earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. He’s lost both of his career starts against St. Louis.Albert Pujols passes Stan Musial on RBI list with 623rd career homer
Twins: RHP Fernando Romero (2-2, 3.96) will take the mound looking to follow up his two-run, six-inning start last week against Chicago. The rookie has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his seven career starts.Springer, Astros overcome wild Morton start, top Rangers 4-3
Despite missing its best player in star forward Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games, San Antonio found lineups and rotations that consistently competed with the best teams in the West. Meanwhile, LaMarcus Aldridge became the player the Spurs expected in the summer of 2015 when they signed him as that year’s most significant free-agent acquisition. He has been deserving of being included in the MVP conversation this season.