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Are Giants fans who want to see Madison Bumgarner traded for prospects before he walks becoming an endangered species?
One fan who attended Wednesday’s game at Oracle Park told SFGate she broached the sensitive issue of a MadBum trade with her friends. All her pals — and several fans in their section who had been eavesdropping on the conversation — had the same reaction:
No way the Giants deal Bumgarner. Not now. Not with the playoffs in reach. Not in Bruce Bochy’s final season as skipper.
Even Cubs fans aren’t in favor of a trade.
“I think the Giants should hang on to what they’ve got because they’ve got a real good shot at a wild card,” Chicago native Bill Fredericks told the Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite at Wednesday’s game.
Ah, there it is, the “real good shot” — the chance at the playoffs Giants fans are hanging their hopes on, fueled by the team’s scorching midsummer streak of 17 wins in their last 21 games.
The Giants still aren’t going to make the playoffs, but their odds chart is at least fun to look at now: pic.twitter.com/sUMpJ7P1i4
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 22, 2019
The good news is the Giants odds, as determined by FanGraphs, have improved dramatically over the last month. The bad news is those odds still only give them a 6.7 percent chance of making the playoffs.
As for capturing their fourth championship of the decade, the outlook is decidedly bleak. FanGraphs’ odds say there’s only a one in a 1,000 chance of the Giants taking the World Series.
So the question for Giants fans is, is it better to watch Madison Bumgarner and Bruce Bochy go out in a blaze of glory in what’s highly likely to be a futile attempt to reach the postseason? Or should they trade MadBum now so they can build for the future?
How would you vote, with your head or your heart?
Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.
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