Madison Bumgarner SP SF 5 days ago

Bumgarner was excellent Sunday versus the Cubs, striking out six and walking two across 7.2 shutout innings en route to his sixth victory of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The left-hander silenced a potent offense Sunday, allowing not a single runner to advance beyond first base, and he even managed to knock in the game's only run with a double in the fifth inning. Bumgarner is now the owner of an exceptional 2.17 ERA and a robust 10.44 K/9 rate through 66.1 innings and will have the opportunity to continue his recent dominance Saturday at the Rockies.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 week ago

Bumgarner (5-2) was brilliant in tossing his 11th career regular-season complete game, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out 11 in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bumgarner is 4-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his last five starts. In 35.1 innings during that span, he has struck out 42 and walked 10. Although his average fastball (90.8 mph) is slower than it has ever been, the lefty continues to be one of the game's most dominant pitchers. His 10.89 K/9 is well above his career average of 8.79 K/9 and his strand rate of 84.1 percent is also significantly better than his career average of 76.2 percent. Bumgarner will go for his sixth win on Sunday when he takes on the Cubs.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 2 weeks ago

Bumgarner (4-2) pitched a strong outing Wednesday, striking out five and allowing just three hits and one run in 6.2 innings of work, but didn't factor into the decision of San Francisco's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays in extra innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He exited the game with a three-run lead, but was let down by his bullpen. Still, it was a good showing for the lefty, as he lowered his ERA to 2.72 on the year and his 60 total strikeouts is second to only Clayton Kershaw. Bumgarner hasn't lost since April 20 and continues to be one of the best starting pitchers in baseball.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 3 weeks ago

Bumgarner improved his record to 4-2 Friday versus the Rockies, striking out 10 and walking just one while allowing four runs (three earned) over seven innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The lefty ran into trouble and allowed all four runs in the fourth inning thanks in part to an error, but he was excellent otherwise and notched a season-high in punch-outs. Bumgarner has a solid 3.14 ERA and a stellar 11.30 K/9 through seven starts and will face a strikeout-prone Blue Jays squad in his next start Wednesday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 4 weeks ago

Bumgarner (3-2) allowed no runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings to earn the win Sunday at the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bumgarner received plenty of offensive support and easily won his showdown with Noah Syndergaard. After some early-season struggles, he's now allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last three starts to lower his ERA to 3.03. He'll make his next start Friday against the Rockies.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 month ago

Bumgarner (2-2) beat the Padres on Monday, striking out nine over 6.2 innings while allowing two runs on six hits and two walks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bumgarner's win was in jeopardy when reliever Hunter Strickland made a mess of the eighth inning, but closer Santiago Casilla came in for a four-out save to secure MadBum's second victory of 2016. The 2014 World Series MVP already has 38 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched, though his 3.64 ERA and 3.84 FIP are a bit inflated compared to his lofty standards. Bumgarner will look to continue lowering those numbers when he next takes the mound for a road tilt with the Mets on Sunday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 month ago

Bumgarner (1-2) struck out eight while allowing only two runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings Wednesday against Arizona, but was stuck with the loss.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zack Greinke narrowly outdueled him on the other end, leaving Bumgarner unrewarded in what was arguably his best start so far this year. A couple uncharacteristically short outings have his ratios looking pedestrian -- a 3.91 ERA and 1.39 WHIP -- but having finished the past three seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.09 or better, he's a good bet to polish those ratios up and again turn out some of the best mound results in all of baseball.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 1 month ago

Bumgarner took his first loss of the season, allowing seven runs, four earned, on eight hits, including two home runs over five frames against the Dodgers on Friday. He also struck out seven and walked one.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This is the second time in a week Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw squared off, and the latter clearly pitched better Friday. This also marked the second time in three starts that Bumgarner has allowed a pair of home runs. On Opening Day, he was battling the flu against Milwaukee, but by all indications, Bumgarner was healthy Friday night. Going back to last season, he has yielded seven bombs in his last 21.2 innings. Opposing hitters have recorded 21 homers against Bumgarner in each of the last two seasons.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 2 months ago

Bumgarner bounced back from his rocky Opening Day start by throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out eight in an extra-inning loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bumgarner faced off against Clayton Kershaw in a battle of the National League's best lefties. The former was actually in line for a win before closer Santiago Casilla blew the save in the ninth. Aside from not getting the win, Bumgarner looked excellent Saturday after battling the flu in his season debut Monday and even smashed a home run against his counterpart. Assuming weather and health permit, we will see a rematch of this premier pitching matchup Friday.

Madison Bumgarner SP SF 2 months ago

Bumgarner wasn't at his best Monday afternoon, but still beat the flu and the Brewers despite allowing three runs in five innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bumgarner struck out six, but struggled with his command, walking five in the outing. The Giants' ace should be back on track in short order. He takes the mound this Saturday against the rival Dodgers.