Madison Bumgarner SP SF 4 days ago

Bumgarner (5-2) beat the Dodgers with both his arm and his bat Thursday, tossing 6.1 shutout innings -- seven hits, two walks, six strikeouts -- and homering off opposing starter Clayton Kershaw.

And all of a sudden, after a bit of a slow start to the year statistically, Bumgarner is sitting on what would be a career-best 2.84 ERA through nine starts. Those two rough outings in the early going were the exception; Bumgarner is a horse of a pitcher right in the middle of his prime. He should once again be among the top few pitchers in the National League when all's said and done.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 week ago

Bumgarner allowed two runs on eight hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out four over seven innings as the Giants cruised to a 10-2 win over Cincinnati on Friday night.

Bumgarner (4-2, 3.20 ERA) benefited from an offensive outburst by his mates in recording his fourth win. While it wasn't as dominating as might be expected - he did allowed eight hits including a pair of solo home runs - it was a more efficient outing, and may be hinting that he is rounding into form with better things to come.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 2 weeks ago

Bumgarner had a strange outing Saturday, striking out 10, lasting five innings, and allowing three runs in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins.

Bumgarner was cruising through four innings, but got rattled in the fourth, throwing nearly 30 pitches and allowing three runs on three extra-base hits. The double-digit strikeout game is nice to see, but he clearly needs to be more efficient. Bumgarner has a fantastic matchup in his next game against the lefty-heavy Reds next Friday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 3 weeks ago

Bumgarner (3-1) picked up the win Monday, throwing 7.1 innings of shutout ball while striking out six against the Padres.

Bumgarner actually carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Justin Upton broke it up. If he didn't have to pitch around four defensive errors, then Bumgarner may have gone the distance Monday. He has a 3.03 ERA on the year, despite facing almost exclusively right-handed batters all season (141 of 150 at-bats against righties). Things aren't likely to change as the righty-heavy Marlins come into town this Saturday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 4 weeks ago

Bumgarner (2-1) turned in his best performance of the season Tuesday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball, holding the Dodgers to five hits while striking out nine.

Bumgarner bested Dodger ace, Clayton Kershaw (7 IP, 2 ER, 8 K), in the rematch of the best left-handed pitchers in the National League; but this time, he was the winning pitcher of record as well. He has gotten off to a rocky start in 2015, but this dominant performance brought his ERA back down to 3.73 on the season. Bumgarner was touching 94 MPH on the gun in the eighth inning and doesn't appear to be showing signs of wear after his heavy workload in 2014. His next start comes at home against the Padres on Monday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 month ago

Bumgarner will start Tuesday against the Dodgers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Bumgarner was originally slated to start Monday, but manager Bruce Bochy will push his entire rotation forward a day following Sunday's postponement. The shuffle sets up Bumgarner for a rematch with Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 month ago

Bumgarner tossed a quality start, but did not get the win against the Dodgers on Wednesday. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six in 6.1 innings.

Bumgarner dueled against Dodgers' ace, Clayton Kershaw, but both pitchers left the game with a 2-2 tie. Bumgarner actually was in line for the win after six innings, but manager Bruce Bochy left him in for the start of the seventh - despite already reaching 100 pitches - and he surrendered the game-tying homer to Alex Guerrero. The long ball is beginning to become a concern for the 2014 World Series MVP, as his 1.16 HR/9 is the highest it has ever been during his career as a starter. The strikeouts (6.56 K/9) are also a career-worst mark. And his 4.27 xFIP indicates that his 4.63 ERA isn't a fluke. Bumgarner's velocity is right where it was last season, so that isn't to blame, but he clearly isn't as dominant as he was in 2014.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 month ago

Bumgarner allowed four runs and six hits with four strikeouts and a walk in seven innings Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

The reigning 2014 World Series MVP had another rough outing, and the Giants extended their longest losing streak since 2010 to seven. The Giants are now 3-8, matching their worst start in the San Francisco era. Bumgarner's next start will be against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 month ago

Bumgarner pitched three innings and gave up five earned runs in the loss on Saturday against the Padres.

After a solid first start of the year, Bumgarner struggled Saturday. He gave up 10 hits while striking out four batters. Bumgarner now has a 7.62 ERA on the season.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 2 months ago

Bumgarner picked up the win against the Diamondbacks on Opening Day Tuesday, only allowing one earned run on six hits in seven innings of work in addition to striking out three batters and only walking one.

Bumgarner picked up exactly where he left off last season. In a run to the World Series title, Bumgarner started six postseason games for the Giants and appeared in a seventh, finishing the stretch with a 0.65 WHIP and a 1.03 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 52.2 innings.