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As GSA boys roll, Taylor Schildroth is the talk of Downeast Maine

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Latest Posts BLUE HILL — Taylor Schildroth walks toward a reporter with a grin on his face. He’s used to this by now.Yes, Schildroth is willing do another interview. He’s done quite a few of them in recent weeks, and the process is nothing new to him. When you dominate high school basketball as much as he has this season, the attention is going to come.As Schildroth goes to the corner of George Stevens Academy’s gymnasium, his head coach, Dwayne Carter, smirks at him and shakes his head. He’s not about to resist an opportunity to poke fun at his leading scorer.“I’m tired of reading about you,” Carter says. “Give somebody else the spotlight for a change.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlthough he’s far from the only star on the GSA boys’ basketball team, Schildroth is the one everyone seems to be talking about. As the undefeated and top-ranked Eagles continue to roll, Schildroth is setting records and bringing gymnasiums from his hometown of Blue Hill to rural Piscataquis County to their feet.“It’s been different, but I’m getting a bit more used to it,” Schildroth said. “Between social media, the media and people at school, it can be hard to ignore sometimes.”Schildroth has already produced several notable games this season, including a 25-point performance while sick with the flu against Ellsworth. He also had 18 in the first half in the Eagles’ 66-33 road win against Bucksport on Friday.The biggest of them all was his 61-point game against Lee Academy on Jan. 6. That game marked the most points scored by any boys’ player in Maine in at least 30 years — nobody in the state has scored more since the Maine Principals’ Association adopted the 3-pointer.“It honestly just happened so fast,” Schildroth said. “I felt good — like I could get into a rhythm — after I made the first shot. Once I made a few more from 3, it just took off from there.”Schildroth hasn’t stopped hearing about it since. It’s been a topic of conversation at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and other places all over Hancock County. Part of him wants to move past it — the Eagles have played two games since then and still have seven left before the playoffs start.Right now, at least, the talk isn’t as fervent as it was. He isn’t getting hundreds of texts, tweets and Facebook messages every day like he was two weeks ago. Still, now that word has spread to other communities, GSA games have become must-see action in such a basketball-crazy area.Even in Bucksport, the one town in Hancock County where high school football surpasses basketball in overall popularity, people are taking notice. Bucksport’s Ralph Jewett Gymnasium is one of the larger ones in Hancock County, and empty seats were hard to spot as GSA faced the Golden Bucks on Friday.“Everyone’s here to see this kid,” said Bucksport Sports photographer Rick McHale. “People here have been talking about him all week.”Schildroth got off to a hot start, making two baskets inside of a minute and finishing the first half with 18 points. Yet it was 6-foot-6 center Max Mattson who stole the show in the second half with two thunderous slam dunks in GSA’s 66-33 win.Between Schildroth, Mattson, Jarrod Chase, Beckett Slayton and the team’s deep bench, Carter is quick to emphasize that GSA is far from a one-man team. The Eagles have the perfect array of athleticism, size, shooting and defensive capability and have developed a habit of overpowering opponents on a nightly basis. The only team to come within 22 points of GSA thus far has been Ellsworth, which was the only team to beat GSA last year.Schildroth, in Carter’s eyes, is still a bit different from others he’s coached over the years. Few players 6-foot or shorter possess the athletic ability to get to the rim like he can. He’s dunked in practice on multiple occasions and came within an inch or two of doing so in the first half against Bucksport before laying it in at the last second. He’s crafty, too, and can shoot and pass from anywhere on the floor.“I’ve had some good and great players, but I haven’t had ones that have done what Taylor has done,” Carter said. “He can take control of a game and is just so well-rounded. When he’s on, it’s something else.”To make his point, Carter looks up at a banner that overlooks the school’s gym. The banner lists several GSA boys’ and girls’ players to have reached the 1,000-point mark. It will soon add another name in recognition of 6-foot forward Morgan Dauk, who reached the milestone for the girls’ team against Narraguagus last month.Schildroth, who currently has 927 points, will most likely join that list within a few games. Every previous GSA player to have reached that milestone has done so during his or senior year. Schildroth, on the other hand, is still a junior.“It’s going to be interesting to see where he can be a year from now because he’s just so good already,” Carter said. “To think he has the rest of this year and another year ahead of him to keep developing at the high school level, that’s going to be special.”Eventually, Schildroth wants to play in college. He’s received offers from a few schools already but has said he wants more time before making a final decision. Schildroth also plays soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring, but basketball is the sport he loves most.As GSA’s unbeaten run continues, all of that will have to wait. Schildroth and the rest of the Eagles are focused on finishing an undefeated season.“I feel really good about where we’re at and what I’m doing right now,” Schildroth said. “It’s cool to get recognition, but you also have to block it out and not let it get to your head. I want to win another championship.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Cricket News Shakib Al Hasan Banned For Two Years For Not Reporting Bookie Approach: ICC

first_imgNew Delhi: Bangladesh captain and world’s best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for two years (one of those suspended), for failing to report corrupt approaches on numerous occasions, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday. Two years ago, Shakib had received an offer from a bookie, which he did not report to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). Responding to the ICC action, Shakib said that he was “extremely sad” by the ICC action but admitted the charges.”I am extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches. ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in fight against corruption&I didn’t do my duty in this instance,” he said.This has come as a big set back for the Bangladeshi team, which is scheduled to tour India for three T20 Internationals and two Tests, starting November 3. The squad will leave for the neighbouring country on Wednesday and Shakib will not be part of it. Bangladesh will now have to face the formidable Indian side without its biggest player.In his absence, senior-most player Mushfiqur Rahim might lead the team in Tests while one among Mahmudullah Riyadh Mosaddek Hosain is set to be the skipper in the three T20 Internationals. Shakib recently spearheaded a players’ strike before calling it off after the BCB assured that their demands, including a pay hike, will be fulfilled.After the reports of the ICC probe against Shakib in the case, Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan had also questioned his attitude. “Everything is murky. If someone doesn’t want to go, there is no issue if they communicate early. There is a kind of feeling of being indispensable within the team. Attitude has to be right. This (attitude) was not there before. There may be logical reason and I will see to those later. Right now, my concern is the India tour. I am not worried about the pipeline. We have many players,” he had said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

O’Shea extends contract at Harlequins

first_imgHarlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea has signed a new contract at The Stoop.O’Shea has committed himself to Quins until 2014, as have head coach John Kingston and skills coach Collin Osborne.“This is an exciting time to be part of Harlequins,” said the former Ireland international, who arrived at the club in March 2010.AdChoices广告“Our aim is to continue to develop and play the game in the way we believe it should be and to bring the success to the supporters that they deserve.“It is also important to recognise the great contribution made by John and Collin over the years. We are looking forward to continuing to work together over the coming seasons.”Osborne has been associated with Harlequins for 21 years, while Kingston joined in the summer of 2001 and was appointed head coach in 2008.Quins chief executive David Ellis said: “I am delighted that Conor, John and Collin have renewed their contracts. All three provide a wealth of knowledge and experience.“I, like all our supporters, look forward to seeing our squad continue to grow and develop under the expert guidance of our talented coaching staff.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sports writer runs infamous cross country workout on Sweet Road

first_imgMy breathing sounded like someone driving with a flat tire.The ground had leveled out almost five miles through the 6.25-mile Sweet Road route that the Syracuse men’s and women’s cross-country teams run on hard days, and my “run” had reduced to some motion between “jog” and “plod.” The Syracuse coaching staff’s belief in Sweet Road as a training ground is so strong that, when the men’s team won the national championship in 2015, the rings were engraved with “SWEET ROAD” just below the runner’s name.For all its hype, Sweet Road looks pretty ordinary. There are dense trees and then green pastures and then dense trees again. Low-slung ranches and grain silos dotted the countryside. One farm had a welcoming sign out front: “Enjoy our deck & animals!” You could cut the 36 square miles surrounding SU’s stake in Sweet Road, paste it somewhere in New England and someone would, unphased, build a stone wall around it.I arrived at 7:04 one morning to run the same route that No. 3 Syracuse had a few days earlier. I wanted to find out what exactly about this road so appealed to one of the NCAA’s best teams that they never went anywhere else for hard days.Justyn Knight, Syracuse’s top runner, once told me that he eats a peanut-butter bagel a few hours before a race, but I remembered that advice too late. I scarfed one down on the way out the door and hoped for the best. This, I would think later, was a misstep comparable to Michael Scott from The Office “carbo-loading” minutes before a 5K by eating a large tin of fettuccine alfredo.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the car parked on one of the wide shoulders that makes Syracuse coaches love the road, I trudged up the first hill toward the telephone post that served as the starting line. In my first time here, I had tried to scout out the road’s toughest stretches. The rapid succession of hills close to Mile 3. Heartbreak Hill was self-explanatory. SU head coach Chris Fox said the worst part was the first 10 to 15 minutes. It didn’t occur to me until I started running that he meant “10 to 15 minutes” as someone who was running somewhere near a 5:20 mile.I was not doing that.The first half-hour was grating, but then the course levelled off and it was mostly rolling hills for a little more than a mile. Published on September 19, 2017 at 12:04 am Then, at about three-and-a-half miles, I saw Heartbreak Hill. Even in the van a few days before, just driving up the incline made me second-guess my decision to run because I thought that this part might hurt. This was the part, one runner said, that he always dreaded.The worst part was just looking at the hill for about a half-mile and knowing that, pretty soon, you’d have to run up it. There was an imperative feeling to not do it. A Ford F-150 was crossing at an intersection right before the hill, so I took this brief break and then took off sprinting. No idea why. I just did.I stopped sprinting about a quarter of the way up the hill and, as I ascended, I could only taste peanut butter. The further I ran, the more tired I became. I don’t know what I expected, but while my chest felt cold and my breath came in ragged spurts, I wasn’t profoundly more tired than any other time I’d gone running. Then again, I wasn’t running as fast as they had been. I didn’t have a coach tracking each second. Maybe expectation had overtaken whatever reality could have been. I still tasted peanut butter.Almost at the top of Heartbreak Hill, a trucker barreled by. Looking back, I swear he flashed me a thumbs up, which at the time made me feel better, but upon further thought: How bad does someone have to look for a stranger to give the thumbs up signal to a person seemingly doing a leisure activity?The view from the top of Heartbreak Hill was a beautiful, green panorama. It reminded me of my high school basketball coach, who always said our gym had the best tasting water, which wasn’t true but at times seemed like it.After making it through the worst, I shifted down a gear for the rest of the course. It was then I realized that, while I wanted to understand why exactly this road functioned so well in training, ego was also a propeller. I wanted to prove to myself, to anyone else, that I could do the training.After turning left onto Academy Street, I made my way toward Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where SU always met up after their runs. At this moment, I realized I had been so intent on running Sweet Road that I had forgotten this run was unlike every other one I had taken in my life. This run wasn’t a loop.I was now approximately 6.25 miles away from my car in a rural area I did not know and my mouth was dry and my calves burned. So, I stuck my thumb out and started walking north on Sweet Road.Sam Fortier is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. You can reach him at sjfortie@syr.edu and @Sam4TR. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse beats Colgate 17-5 on Senior Day

first_img Published on May 5, 2018 at 6:31 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 12 Syracuse (8-6, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) dominated Colgate (7-8, 3-5 Patriot League) 17-5 in SU’s final regular season game. The win is the last resume boost that the Orange will receive before learning its NCAA Tournament fate Sunday evening. Brendan Bomberry led the Orange in scoring with four goals as the blowout allowed the Orange to play 45 different players.Here are the best shots from the game. Commentslast_img

FA Cup fourth round action

first_imgThey can leapfrog Rangers into second with a win at home to Dundee. Premier League champions Leicester travel to Championship promotions hopefuls, Derby. Kick-off at Pride Park is at five-to-8. Aberdeen returns to action after the Scottish Premiership’s winter break this evening. last_img

Mike Trout expects to return to Angels’ lineup on Thursday

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ALSOThe Angels optioned Justin Bour and recalled Luke Bard. Ausmus said it “isn’t really a performance-related move. This is strictly a we-need-a-pitcher move.” Bour hit .227 with an .816 OPS and four homers in 15 games since returning from his last stint at Triple-A. Without Bour, Matt Thaiss got the start at first base on Wednesday. Thaiss had played first for most of his pro career before adding third base this season. …JC Ramirez gave up three runs in three innings in a game at Triple-A. Ramirez has allowed 32 earned runs in 36 innings over nine rehab games. Ramirez is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. …Ausmus said he texted with Jonathan Lucroy and Zack Cozart, both of whom underwent procedures on Wednesday, and both were in good spirits. Cozart had a shoulder debridement that will end his season. Lucroy had his fractured nose repaired. …Jarrett Parker, who was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Matt Harvey, 3-4, 6.88) vs. Astros (LHP Wade Miley, 7-4, 3.32), Thursday, 6:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — Mike Trout is expecting to return to the Angels’ lineup on Thursday, which would be after missing most of four games with a mild right calf strain.“I feel good,” Trout said before Wednesday’s game. “I feel fine. Just being cautious. I think I’ll be available to hit tonight and I should be fine to play tomorrow.”Manager Brad Ausmus was not quite as definitive.“We’re going to get him evaluated again when the doctors get in here and hopefully he’ll be able to go tomorrow full bore,” Ausmus said. “But I can’t swear to that.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Clippers fall short in Game 7; Jazz advance

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The door to the losing locker room swung open as Doc Rivers headed for a postgame news conference. The scene inside revealed the latest twist in the Clippers’ wretched reality.Paul Pierce chuckled about plans for retirement, J.J. Redick’s eyes grew red as he fought back tears, DeAndre Jordan ignored questions about the future.Raymond Felton went locker to locker, saying goodbye; Jamal Crawford remained seated, answering text messages, the last to pull off his uniform; Blake Griffin was thousands of miles away for a consultation with a doctor for his injured toe.This was how a season ended. Maybe an era, too. “They beat us four times,” he said. “Scored more points than we did four times.”Three of the Clippers’ four losses in the series came at Staples Center and the Clippers set a strange record befitting their painful past: They became the first team in NBA history to blow a series lead – this one at 2-1 after three games – in five consecutive postseasons.It has been an exercise in, as Redick put it, “recurring disappointment.”The loss that the Clippers will have to live with was the result of a disjointed, dispirited effort.Utah shot 50 percent from the field and made six of its 13 3-point attempts. The Jazz outrebounded the Clippers by eight. The Clippers held Utah’s Rudy Gobert to just one point in 14 minutes as the star center was plagued with foul trouble throughout the game.Derrick Favors stepped up in Gobert’s place, leading the Jazz bench with 17 points and 11 rebounds.In the third quarter Utah’s lead ballooned to 21 points. The Clippers pulled within eight on a 3-pointer by Redick with 3:28 left in the fourth, but they never got closer than that.It was the Jazz which earned a semifinal matchup with the top-seeded Golden State Warriors and the Clippers who have invited all kinds of questions.“Winning is not easy,” Redick said, a Dodgers cap pulled low over his brow. “Winning it all is certainly extremely difficult. So, you know, some teams aren’t meant to figure out those answers I guess. Maybe next year we will.”The Clippers’ last stand was a disjointed, dispiriting attempt at prolonging a season that was destined to fall short of their goal.“You never go into playoffs saying, ‘I hope we get out of the first round,’” Redick said. “What the (heck) kind of expectations is that? Never go into a season, ‘Hey, I hope we go to the second round.’ Those aren’t expectations.”The Clippers wanted to win a championship. After storming to a 14-2 start in November, the best mark in the NBA, some started to believe, perhaps, that they could.Then Griffin required surgery to remove detritus in his knee. Paul tore a ligament in his thumb.“That all means nothing,” Paul said, “know what I mean? It came down to today to keep us afloat, keep us alive. The start don’t mean nothing. It’s how you finish. Once again … we’re done.”Owner Steve Ballmer made a point after the game of popping into the Clippers’ video room to thank each member of the team’s staff.All eyes this summer will be on Ballmer. He is worth more than $31 billion, but has to determine whether it is worth the $220 million, including luxury tax, it will take to re-sign Paul, Griffin and Redick this offseason, a steep bill for a likely repeat of what he just watched unfold.Ballmer and Rivers musts decide if they believe this core, with tweaks to the rest of the roster, can eventually contend for a championship. Paul, Griffin and Redick must consider whether they would have a better shot at winning elsewhere.Griffin has until June 28 to exercise the early termination option on his contract. Paul has an extra day. In all, nine players from this roster will likely be free agents.Jordan declined to answer whether he thought the core would ever play together again. Instead, he turned his head from the questioner and stared in the other direction.Would he lobby Paul and Griffin to return? No answer.Does he want them to return? No answer.“That’s probably the furthest thing from my mind right now,” Redick said when asked about his own decision. “Playoffs are always emotional. It was an emotional series for both teams, an emotional series for me. I’m just processing emotion right now.”Griffin played just 100 minutes of the 336 in the series before suffering an injury to the plantar plate of his right toe in the first half of Game 3.“Not having Blake, obviously, is a major would,” Rivers said. “When you take you best scorer, your second-best rebounder, your second-best passer off a team. … But give Utah credit.”Added Redick: “I would like to get a crack healthy.”That is not how this team operates. The curse lives on, and it will until the Clippers prove it does not exist.Another year, maybe. This one is over. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img After forcing a Game 7 in a wild and tense opening-round series against the Utah Jazz, in which the first six games were decided by an average 5.1 points, the Clippers went limp, losing, 104-91.Six dominant efforts from free-agent-to-be Chris Paul had brought the Clippers to this point, but their All-Star point guard scored just 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting on Sunday. He attempted nine shots in the second half, missing eight.Meanwhile, seven players scored in double figures for the Jazz, who were led by 26 points from Gordon Hayward.“We just lost today,” Jordan said. “The season’s over.”Jordan pinched the bridge of his nose when he spoke, a crude effort to dam the tear ducts that would eventually burst.last_img read more

Only Freddy Garcia can save Braves now

first_imgThe Braves’ postseason hopes are clinging to the right arm of 37-year-old Freddy Garcia.If Garcia can channel his inner Chicago White Sox champion self from the 2005 World Series, the Braves could extend the NLDS to a Game 5 in Atlanta. If not, Atlanta will suffer more postseason heartbreak that its fans have become accustomed to over the years.This time, Atlanta’s bats went quiet. Very quiet in Game 3 of the NLDS at sold-out Dodger Stadium. And not the Braves. “I wasn’t disappointed. I was just trying to get out of difficult innings,” Teheran said. “I tried to throw my pitches and made a couple of mistakes I paid for.”And now, the Braves face an elimination game today in Game 4 at Dodger Stadium. Garcia — who was a September callup — will get the pivotal start. No emergency start for Kris Medlen on three days’ rest, according to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.“You know what? It’s one of those games you forget about it,” Gonzalez said. “I think if you look at the positives, I don’t know what it was, a nine-run game in the ninth inning and they had to bring their closer in.“You always think that’s a good thing. We didn’t roll over. We went out there and scored some runs, and they had to bring in (Kenley) Jansen. You know, we’ll build on that.”Atlanta found a silver lining in Game 1 in that it worked Clayton Kershaw’s pitch count up. You know how well that went for the Braves. Kershaw struck out 12 batters en route to pacing the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory.There’s no silver lining for the Braves if they win Game 4 with Ricky Nolasco on the mound because they would have to face Kershaw in Game 5.Garcia’s got next for the Braves.After Tommy John surgery and struggles, he pondered retirement. He started the season with Baltimore, but he’s now Atlanta’s best bet for postseason success. Garcia doesn’t have the umph back on his fastball after surgery, but he’s added to his arsenal of pitches. That should make him a more complete pitcher. But in August, Garcia was pitching for the Triple-A Gwinnett (Georgia) Braves. Big difference from an elimination Game 4 in Major League Baseball. “I had to change my style,” Garcia said. “You know, I used to be a power pitcher. After I got surgery, I wasn’t throwing hard anymore. So I had to find a way to get people out. I learned to throw that split finger.” On Sunday, the Braves had the Dodgers right where they wanted them. They got to Dodgers starter Ryu in the first inning with a 2-0 lead and knocked him out of the game after three innings. They tagged him for four runs on six hits, but knocking Ryu out of the game early didn’t matter.Leadoff batter Jason Heyward — the hero for Atlanta in its Game 2 victory — was 0 for 4 until the ninth, when he hit a two-run homer off Paco Rodriguez. He cut the lead to seven runs at 13-6.Postseason home runs are nice and all, but they matter little down by nine runs.Atlanta catcher Brian McCann — well-known for policing guys who trash talk while running bases — was 0 for 4 with one walk. Heyward, Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, Evan Gattis and McCann — the top of the lineup — combined for four RBIs, thanks to Heyward accounting for half of that total on that ninth-inning home run.Freeman — the Fountain Valley native — was 2 for 4 and so flustered when he struck out against Rodriguez in the ninth that he slapped his hands to his helmet as he walked back to the Braves dugout. He couldn’t believe he went fishing for that pitch, but he wasn’t the only one fooled. Atlanta’s pitching was so bad — and the Braves had to deplete their once-stingy bullpen by using five relievers — that Atlanta aided the Dodgers in setting and tying franchise records for runs (13) in a postseason game. The Dodgers bats were sizzling as Carl Crawford and Juan Uribe both homered. Hanley Ramirez doubled and tripled and tied a new Dodgers postseason record in the process for extra-base hits (six) in a series. Not much went right for the Braves.In the fourth inning, reliever Alex Wood didn’t help his own cause by stumbling and fumbling when trying to field a bunt attempt by Crawford. It’s a video made for a blooper reel. That error made all four runs in the inning unearned. It was just an example of all the debacles and miscues that happened to Atlanta’s pitching staff on Sunday. And the Braves will leave it up to another pitcher — Garcia — to save them from yet another playoff disappointment. The Dodgers bats got hot — they scored four runs in each of the second and fourth innings — and even though they trailed early, they quickly rallied for a 13-4 blowout win and 2-1 series lead.Atlanta couldn’t stop the bleeding. Both Game 3 starters disappointed. Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted only three innings, and Atlanta rookie Julio Teheran just 2 2/3. Teheran allowed six runs on eight hits and was relieved after 2 2/3 innings.Poor starting pitching can be erased with an insanely productive offense.See the Dodgers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Astros pursuing Giants’ Madison Bumgarner

first_imgThe Astros are going to get that starting pitcher one way or another and are by no means limiting their scope.Houston has been engaged with the Giants on lefty Madison Bumgarner, according to Yahoo Sports. The report states it is unclear how far discussions have gone and there is no indication a deal is imminent. But for now, it doesn’t appear the Giants are going to trade him. However, if they are talking to the Astros about the lefty at all, that means the team isn’t completely opposed to a deal.Bumgarner’s value lies in his postseason performance as he is 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 102 1/3 career postseason innings, including a World Series MVP with the Giants in 2014. If anyone were to get him they would get a man who instantly makes a postseason roster better.If the Giants are to do a deal with the Astros, odds are they would want Kyle Tucker, who is the Astros’ No. 1 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. San Francisco is in desperate need of outfielders and Tucker is one of the best prospects at the position in the game. MLB trade rumors: Are the Astros targeting Mets starter Zack Wheeler? That point was driven home when the Giants reportedly were looking into acquiring Blue Jays utilityman Eric Sogard. However, he eventually was traded to the Rays.Before the season, the assumption was Bumgarner would be traded at the deadline because he is a free agent after the season, which actually would work in his favor. If Bumgarner is not moved, San Francisco can give him a qualifying offer similar to those that hurt several players’ values in recent years including Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel last offseason. In recent weeks the Giants have started to turn their season around winning 17 out of 20 games at one point.That upturn has led many to believe San Francisco will be a buyer rather than a seller at the deadline. Related Newslast_img read more