Bochy reasoned that this ultimately might provide Bumgarner (12-7), the team's wins leader, with an extra start later in the season.
This reflects Bochy's belief that, with some exceptions, no single game is bigger than another. He follows the notion that games won in April are just as important as games won in September.
"I don't know what's not a big game," Bochy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.