Tyler Beede ended up being the victim of the Giants shuffling their rotation to position Madison Bumgarner for Bruce Bochy’s last game.
Beede has been leapfrogged by Bumgarner, who will pitch Thursday in Boston after throwing Saturday to a) set him up for the Giants’ last game of the season and b) give Bumgarner a better chance at throwing the most innings in the league. His 195 2/3 is tops at the moment, and it’s a feat that matters to the 30-year-old.
Beede, who’s from Massachusetts, is likely bumped to Friday and will not make a start at Fenway Park.
“I would’ve loved to pitch there,” said Beede, who said the Giants had informed him prior to Sunday. “I think it provides a little bit of a relief — not as overwhelming, [don’t have] to worry about pitching there. So I’m fine either way.
“I assumed I was going every seven days with the off day and with Bum going every five days. I told family that I expected to pitch Friday even though they thought Thursday was a chance.”
Beede said he would have about 50 family and friends at each of the three games, which will be highlighted by another Yastrzemski roaming the outfield there. Beede said his youth — he’s a 26-year-old rookie — lessens the disappointment, and he didn’t push for an inning out of relief.
“We play there every three or four years,” said the first-rounder from Vanderbilt, who hasn’t allowed a run in his past two starts (11 1/3 innings). “I’m sure there’ll be more opportunities.”
When he arrives in Boston, he’ll have a chance to see family — his first stop will be his mom’s house, and he has beach plans Monday, when the Giants have off. He’ll be booked and is choosing to focus on the bright side of not pitching.
“It’s gonna be cool just to be there in general,” Beede told KNBR after the Giants’ 2-1 victory over the Marlins at Oracle Park. “To be an actual player in the game there where I grew up watching games and developing my love for the game, it’s going to be pretty surreal. I’m excited either way, whether I’m pitching or not.”