Would Giants be mad using MadBum as pinch hitter?

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with first base coach Jose Alguacil, right, during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Madison Bumgarner hit two home runs on opening day. 

The story:

San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner showed himself to truly be a giant among home run hitters in Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bumgarner became both the first pitcher to hit multiple home runs in an Opening Day game, per Elias Sports Bureau research, and the most prolific homer-hitting pitcher in franchise history in Sunday’s game. The two he hit on Sunday give him 16 for his career, easily the most among active pitchers.

His first HR:

And the second:

All while having some fun:

From ESPN stats and info:


Great stats:

He became the first pitcher to hit two home runs and strike out at least 10 in a game since Rick Wise of the 1971 Phillies (who also had 11 strikeouts against the Giants). Via Elias research, Bumgarner’s 11 strikeouts were the most by a Giants pitcher on Opening Day since the mound moved to its current distance from home plate in 1893. He also took a perfect-game bid through 5⅓ innings and would have gotten the win but for a rough outing from the Giants’ bullpen. Bumgarner’s hitting was what wowed the most on Sunday. He’s the second pitcher in as many seasons with a multi-homer game, joining Noah Syndergaard. Bumgarner’s seven go-ahead home runs (including Sunday’s seventh-inning blast) match former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch for the most by a pitcher since the DH was implemented in 1973.

How hard were they hit?:

According to Statcast, it was the hardest home run hit by a pitcher — at 112.5 mph exit velocity — recorded since the technology debuted in 2014. Bumgarner also has the second- and third-hardest homers by a pitcher.

Brandon Belt:

“I just laughed,” Belt said, per NBC. “You expect him to get one every once in a while. You don’t expect him to get two the first day. There’s not much you can say. I just laughed. It’s pretty cool to watch a pitcher do that.”

What do you think? Should the Giants use him regularly as a pinch-hitter?

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