Bumgarner (1-4) tossed five scoreless innings to pick up the win Sunday against the Rockies, allowing two hits while striking out four. He did not issue a walk. It was a solid finish to what was ultimately an underwhelming first year in Arizona for the southpaw. During his final two starts, Bumgarner struck out 11 and issued just one walk across 10 scoreless innings. He concludes the campaign with a 30:14 K:BB and a 6.48 ERA over 41.2 innings.
Bumgarner's fastball averaged 88.9 mph during his five-inning start Sunday against Houston, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. There were many positives for Bumgarner on Sunday with increased velocity being one of them. His fastball average was 88.1 mph entering the contest. His cutter (84.3, up from 83.3) and curveball (77.4, up from 76.8) also were up over five shutout innings. The left-hander commanded well and allowed little hard contact. Just two balls were hit at 95 mph or higher. It was a rare positive in 2020 for Bumgarner, who will make his final start Saturday at home against Colorado.
Bumgarner allowed two hits and a walk over five shutout innings Sunday, striking out seven in the loss to Houston. He did not factor in the decision. Bumgarner finally showed the Diamondbacks a flash of his vintage self Sunday, mowing through the Astros for five scoreless innings. However, Arizona's bullpen allowed runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to hand Houston the victory. The 6-fot-4 southpaw has yet to earn a win this season, but it was his first start with Arizona in which he allowed fewer than two runs. Bumgarner will have one more chance to earn a win this season when he takes the mound Saturday at home against the Rockies.
Bumgarner did not factor in the decision against the Angels on Tuesday despite giving up eight runs on 13 hits over 5.1 innings. He walked one and struck out two. Bumgarner was staked to a seemingly safe 8-1 lead after four innings, but he gave up five runs in the fifth and another pair in the sixth to allow the Angels to pull even. Los Angeles battered him for eight extra-base hits, including three off the bat of Jared Walsh, who slugged two doubles and a home run off the veteran. Bumgarner was rarely able to miss bats -- he notched only five swinging strikes and two strikeouts in the disappointing performance. The absence of the swing-and-miss has been perhaps the biggest obstacle for Bumgarner in 2020; he hasn't struck out more than two batters since his second start of the campaign, and his 5.2 K/9 is easily the lowest of his career. The results have led to a miserable 8.53 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in his first year with Arizona. Bumgarner will try to produce some reason for optimism in what could be his final start of the season when he faces the Rangers on Tuesday at home.
Bumgarner did not factor into the decision during Thursday's win against the Dodgers, allowing two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out two across five innings. Bumgarner silenced the Dodgers' bats until the third inning, when he surrendered back-to-back solo home runs to Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock. Otherwise, the southpaw limited the damage to keep the Diamondbacks in the game. Bumgarner, who had missed four starts with a back injury, was pulled after 72 pitches in his last start during which he took the loss against the Giants. This time around, he stretched it out to 93 pitches, throwing 64 for strikes. The 31-year-old will look to improve upon a 7.52 ERA and 1.56 WHIP on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.