When you have a chance to insert the World Series MVP into your lineup, you do it. At least that’s what Tom Caron says.
Madison Bumgarner is the undisputed ace of a talented San Francisco Giants pitching staff that has struggled through injuries all season. He owns a 16-6 record with a 2.97 ERA, and his 192 strikeouts rank sixth in baseball. His 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings is the highest of his career.
The 26-year-old left-hander owns a 1.81 career ERA versus the National League West rival Los Angeles Dodgers, whom the Giants play Tuesday night. And to top it off, Bumgarner redefines the #PitchersWhoRake hashtag — he won a Silver Slugger as the best hitting pitcher in baseball last season, and he already has crushed five long balls this season, including one against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in May.
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Here are TC’s three value picks for Tuesday’s games:
Madison Bumgarner, Pitcher, San Francisco Giants: $12,400
Evan Longoria, Third Baseman, Tampa Bay Rays: $3,600
Xander Bogaerts, Shortstop, Boston Red Sox: $3,500
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