Madison Bumgarner is about as worry-free as a starting pitcher gets. Last year proved it. The Giants rode him hard in the 2014 playoffs, sticking him with 270 innings for the year, but he didn't suffer any sort of hangover and, in fact, had his best numbers yet. His 218 1/3 innings were a career high (for the regular season, anyway), as were his 234 strikeouts, and yet he also had the lowest walk rate of his career. He may not quite approach Clayton Kershaw's or Chris Sale's strikeout total, but using a more reasonable comparison, he's elite by every measure and should probably one of the first five starting pitchers off the board.
Giants stud starter Madison Bumgarner will not make his final start Sunday, per Alex Pavlovic of the CSN Bay Area. Bruce Bochy was adamant he wasn't resting Bumgarner due to injury, rather he just wanted to give him a break with the season nearly over. Bumgarner will end 2015 with a tidy 2.93 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 234:39 K:BB - the last two figures were career-best marks when pitching over 200 innings in a season.
Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (18-8) pitched well in a losing effort on Friday, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks across eight innings in a 2-0 loss to Arizona. He also struck out seven. Bumgarner did all he could do to get a win, but the Giants could only muster up two hits while getting shut out. This is his 18th start of the season getting through at least seven innings and that's an amazing stat, even for a horse like Bumgarner. In 30 starts this season, Bumgarner has a 2.84 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 219 strikeouts in 205 2/3 innings. He'll look to continue his fantastic season against the offensively-challenged Padres next Thursday.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner pitched poorly last Sunday against Colorado. The odds of him coming up with two bad performances in a row were astronomical. Instead, he crafted one of the best performances of his career against San Diego on Saturday. He had a perfect game going until pinch-hitter Melvin Upton singled with two outs in the eighth inning. That proved to be the lone runner to reach. He fanned nine in raising his record to 18-7 and lower his ERA to 2.91. Bumgarner is 7-1 over his last eight decisions.
Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner produced another quality outing during Tuesday's start against the Dodgers, but the Giants lost 2-1. Bumgarner allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings of work. He also struck out eight and walked one. One of his mistakes was giving up a solo home run to Joc Pederson in the seventh inning. He is now 16-7 with a 2.96 ERA. Bumgarner is 5-1 in his last eight starts.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was in fine form and was given plenty of run support, as the Giants topped the Cubs 9-1 on Thursday. The big left-hander allowed one run on two hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out 12, which helped elevate his pitch counto its final mark of 98 (62 strikes). Bumgarner (16-6, 2.97 ERA) did what he does best and pretty much mowed down a rather tough Cubs' lineup. The only run he allowed came on an RBI double in the second inning, which actually gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead. But the Giants were able to rally back, while Bumgarner kept his team in the game. In the month of August, Bumgarner won all five of his starts, posting a 1.44 ERA. He struck out at least 12 batters three times in those five outings.