Madison Bumgarner And His Fastball Are Unstoppable

Last night, Madison Bumgarner was about as perfect as one can be without actually pitching a perfect game. In nine innings against the suck-ass Rockies, Bumgarner allowed one hit and struck out 13 batters while throwing just 103 pitches. And he did it by adhering to a very simple formula: Throw a lot of strikes, and… » 8/27/14 12:39pm 8/27/14 12:39pm

Madison Bumgarner Can Dominate Without You Even Noticing

Last night's game between the Giants and Phillies was interrupted by a rain delay in the 4th inning that lasted nearly an hour. Under normal circumstances, this would have been a good time to just abandon watching the game altogether, but Madison Bumgarner was on the mound for the Giants, and that made sticking out… » 7/24/14 5:16pm 7/24/14 5:16pm

Giants Ride Madison Bumgarner To A Commanding 2-0 World Series Lead

Game 2 of this World Series most definitely did not follow the Game 1 script that we witnessed Wednesday night. On this cool evening, Madison Bumgarner and Doug Fister wowed both sides with an impressive arsenal of pitches that put location and movement beyond speed and power. Either San Francisco or Detroit full-well… » 10/25/12 11:15pm 10/25/12 11:15pm

Is There A Young Lefty Starter In MLB Who Hasn't Gotten An Extension?

The San Francisco Giants just signed lefty starter Madison Bumgarner to a five-year, $35-million extension. 2011 was Bumgarner's first full season in the big leagues. He struck out 8.4 batters per nine innings and walked only two per nine. That's quite good. It is, as you might expect, far too early to say whether… » 4/16/12 5:02pm 4/16/12 5:02pm