Madison Bumgarner, last year’s World Series MVP, is coming off a poor performance. He was hit hard for six runs in his last outing, but he’ll look to bounce back when the Giants visit the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Despite going at least five innings in his last five starts, Bumgarner has allowed six runs in two of those starts. As we go to press, he’s eighth in the National League in innings at 138. He is also third in wins (11) and seventh in strikeouts (139), but most of Bumgarner’s struggles come from road games. Even though he has a 6-4 away record, Bumgarner’s ERA on the road is 4.50 compared to 2.43 at home.
The Braves will counter with Williams Perez, who is 4-1 with an ERA of 4.14 on the season. However, the 24-year-old is also coming off a rough outing. He got shelled by the Phillies, giving up nine runs in just 4.1 innings of a road loss at Philadelphia. He had been moving along well so far in 2015, but if he has a repeat performance of his Phillies match, the Braves will have to take a look at his place in the rotation.