Bumgarner (4-2) earned the win over Miami on Tuesday by pitching seven scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and no walks while striking out nine.
The veteran southpaw completed an effective and efficient seven frames, throwing 62 of 84 pitches for strikes and finishing with a season-high nine punchouts. After giving up 17 earned runs through his first 13.2 innings this season, many wrote Bumgarner off, and he was a frequent drop in fantasy leagues. However, the 31-year-old has since turned things around dramatically, yielding only three earned runs over his subsequent five outings covering 30 innings of work. Bumgarner has notched a quality start in three of his past four contests and has managed to bring his season ERA down to a respectable 4.12. He'll look to keep the momentum rolling at home this weekend in a projected start against Washington.
Bumgarner (wrist) is expected to make his next start Tuesday at home against Miami, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Bumgarner was hit by a pitch on his right (non-throwing) wrist/hand during his last start, which led manager Torey Lovullo to remove him after six innings in what had been a dominant start for the left-hander. X-rays came back negative, and Bumgarner is feeling better, according to Lovullo.
Bumgarner was hit by a pitch on his right wrist during Thursday's game, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Bumgarner was hit on his non-throwing wrist in the second inning and continued to pitch well, but manager Torey Lovullo grew concerned and removed the pitcher for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning of a tie game. X-rays following the game showed no fracture, but Lovullo didn't want to continue without knowing the severity. At this point, Bumgarner is expected to take his next turn Tuesday at home against Miami.
Bumgarner (3-2) allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven over six innings in Thursday's loss to the Marlins. He didn't factor into the decision.
The lefty was sharp Thursday, with his only mistake sent over the fence for a homer by Miguel Rojas in the first inning. The 31-year-old threw 58 of his 85 pitches for strikes and now has a 4.91 ERA. Bumgarner has bounced back strong since his abysmal start to the year, having allowed one run or fewer in his past four outings.
Bumgarner (3-2) allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out six across five innings to earn the win over the Rockies on Friday.
After coming off a stellar seven-inning hitless performance in his last start, Bumgarner managed to pick up another win Friday. The 31-year-old was 0-2 in his first three starts, allowing 17 earned runs on 22 hits and eight walks over 13.2 innings. In his last three starts, he's 3-0 while allowing only two earned runs and two walks over 17 innings. The only consistency this season is his 9.6 K/9.
Bumgarner (2-2) didn't allow any hits or walks while striking out seven across seven innings, earning the win Sunday over the Braves.
Bumgarner looked like his old self Sunday, holding Atlanta without a hit in Game 2 of the double header. The lone baserunner he allowed came in the second inning when Ozzie Albies reached on a throwing error by Nick Ahmed. Though he pitched a complete game, the southpaw's effort won't officially be recognized as a no-hitter since the contest went only seven innings. Bumgarner has allowed only two hits and one run in his last 12 innings compared to 22 hits and 17 runs in his first 13.2 innings. The veteran pitcher will be back on the mound Friday against the Rockies.
Bumgarner's scheduled start Saturday against Atlanta was postponed due to inclement weather.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday.
Bumgarner (1-2) gave up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings to earn the win against the Nationals on Sunday.
Bumgarner had struggled mightily in his first three starts of the year and gave up at least five runs in each of those outings. However, he worked with pitching coach Matt Herges to adjust the left-hander's mindset ahead of Sunday's start. The work apparently paid off, as Bumgarner allowed only four Nationals to reach base in the first five innings Sunday. Bumgarner has now posted an 8.68 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 18.2 innings to begin the season. He'll attempt to stay on the right track on the road against Atlanta on Saturday.
Arizona pitching coach Matt Herges has been working with Bumgarner to adjust his "mindset" ahead of the left-hander's scheduled start Sunday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Bumgarner has been pounded through three outings and enters Sunday's start with an 11.20 ERA. As Herges described it, Bumgarner's focus during bullpen sessions is to use pitch-tracking data to make adjustments to specific pitches, but the coach wants him to focus on executing the next pitch. "He's elite in terms of the feel he has for what he's doing -- his body, his mechanics -- but I think the mindset is what we're working on, basically," Herges said. "If I had to just whittle it down, the mindset of making the pitch right here, right now." The coach wants Bumgarner to channel the pitcher he was in previous years and pointed to the final inning of his previous start Monday against the Athletics. In that inning, Bumgarner threw just three fastballs among 23 pitches.
Bumgarner (0-2) struggled again Monday against the A's, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings to take the loss.
Bumgarner gave up runs in the first and the third to put the D-backs in a 3-0 hole. The wheels completely came off in the fifth, however, as he seemed to lose control of his command -- a walk, a single and a sac fly brought in two, then he hung a curveball that Matt Chapman smashed for a solo home run and hit a batter before being lifted. The 31-year-old owns an 11.20 ERA through three starts -- the worst among all qualified pitchers in the majors. He'll look to right the ship in his next outing against the Nationals on Sunday.
Bumgarner (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four, picking up the loss to Colorado on Wednesday.
The Rockies roughed up Bumgarner, launching nine balls off him in the air at 95 mph or harder. Following a 2020 season in which Bumgarner experienced a dip in velocity, the stuff the Diamondbacks thought they were getting when they signed him in Dec. 2019 has returned to a degree, but the results have not yet been there. After two starts, the left-hander has permitted 11 runs over nine innings. He's in line to make his next start Monday at home against Oakland.
Bumgarner did not factor into the decision despite allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over four innings in Thursday's 8-7 loss to San Diego.
Bumgarner escaped the loss when the Diamondbacks' bats heated up, but he permitted two home runs, grinded through innings two through four, and needed 91 pitches for 12 outs. He did experience an uptick in velocity, averaging 90.3 mph and topping out at 92.5 -- higher than he showed at any point during the 2020 season, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. He also induced 14 swinging strikes and thought he pitched better than the results indicate. The left-hander is scheduled to pitch again next Wednesday at Colorado.
Manager Torey Lovullo said that Bumgarner will start the Diamondbacks' season opener Thursday in San Diego, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
After Zac Gallen was diagnosed Tuesday with a hairline fracture in his forearm that will result in him beginning the season on the shelf, Bumgarner became the logical choice to get the ball on Opening Day. Though he turned in career-worst numbers (6.48 ERA, 1.44 WHIP in 41.2 innings) over his nine-start debut season with Arizona in 2020, Bumgarner has shown improved velocity this spring and has generated better results due in part to altered mechanics. The 31-year-old lefty's best days are clearly behind him at this point, but if the spring changes prove to be real, he could have some appeal in mixed leagues as a late-round bounce-back target.
Bumgarner allowed six runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over 5.1 innings in Friday's spring game against the Reds.
Bumgarner declared himself ready for the regular season following the outing, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. "You know, I was glad to get up and down six times. Made some pretty good pitches today. So yeah, I feel pretty good about it," the left-hander said. Bumgarner was able to pitch into the sixth inning and get his pitch count to 85, setting himself up for 100 pitches if needed in his first regular-season start. That could come Opening Day, but manager Torey Lovullo has not yet announced a starter for next Thursday in San Diego.
Bumgarner experimented with a new delivery in a "B" game on the back fields Sunday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Against a lineup of mostly Los Angeles Angels minor leaguers, Bumgarner was quick pitching -- cutting off his motion and delivering pitches in an expedited manner. He also played with dropping down and firing pitches from a lower angle. The left-hander had success doing it, navigating through five-plus innings. "Pitching is disrupting timing and hitting is timing," Bumgarner said. "Doing whatever I can do to try to be as good as I can. Honestly, I think it makes too much sense not to do it if you can do it." It's unclear how much Bumgarner will employ these tactics when the regular season starts, but he said there was no trouble reverting to his normal delivery on an ensuing pitch and that he had an overall feel for his pitches.
Bumgarner allowed two runs on three hits while striking out three over four innings in Tuesday's spring start against the Athletics.
Aside from the two solo home runs allowed in the fourth inning, Bumgarner was pleased with the effort. "It was really just two pitches that I would like to do over again," the left-hander told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "The rest of them I felt pretty good about. It was nice to get up and down four times and get some at-bats and kind of feel like a regular game." This was Bumgarner's second Cactus League start, sandwiched around a three-inning simulated game. The 31-year-old hurler has a lot to prove this season after a desultory 2020 campaign in which he experienced a drop in velocity and posted a 6.48 ERA (7.17 FIP).
Bumgarner threw three innings in a simulated game Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Bumgarner avoided facing division rival Los Angeles by working the sim game. He came away pleased with the opportunity to work on his pitch sequencing but did not divulge details. The big takeaways are that Bumgarner got up and down three times and is on schedule for the regular season, although it's unclear where he'll slot into the rotation.
Bumgarner allowed one hit while striking out six and walking none across two scoreless innings Thursday against the Angels.
All of Bumgarner's outs came via the strikeout, and 20 of his 33 pitches went for strikes. Perhaps most importantly, Bumgarner consistently sat around 90 miles per hour with his fastball, up from his 86.1 average velocity in 2020. Even with this positive outing, Bumgarner has plenty to prove after posting a 6.48 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 41.2 innings last season.
Bumgarner threw his first bullpen session of spring training Wednesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Bumgarner described the session as "pretty good for the first one." He's coming off the worst season of his career, which he partially attributed to the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. "The only thing I wish I would have done different last year was kept (my throwing) at a steady pace," the left-hander said. "We didn't really know what to plan for." Bumgarner finished the worst season of his career with two good outings, striking out 11 and issuing just one walk across 10 scoreless innings. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo would not divulge his Opening Day starter, Piecoro reports, but it looks like it could come down to Bumgarner or right-hander Zac Gallen.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/11||vs MIA||W 11-3||1||7.0||4||0||0||9|
|05/06||@ MIA||L 1-3||6.0||2||1||0||7|
|04/30||vs COL||W 7-2||1||5.0||4||1||1||6|
|04/25||@ ATL||W 7-0||1||7.0||0||0||0||7|
|04/18||@ WAS||W 5-2||1||5.0||2||1||1||5|
|04/12||vs OAK||L 5-9||1||4.2||7||6||3||5|
|04/09||vs CIN||L 5-6||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFA-San Jose Giants||10.0||2||2||0||0||1||0||13||2||11||8.10||1.300|
|2017||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||3.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||7||11.25||2.500|
|2018||AFA-San Jose Giants||4.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||7||0||2||2.14||0.476|
|2018||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||3.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||8||1||0||0.00||0.312|