Monday, November 22, 2010

End of Season Review: Madison Bumgarner


San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison  Bumgarner throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of their MLB baseball game in San Francisco, California September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Madison Bumgarner's future is so bright I've gotta wear shades.

Bumgarner had a bit of a bumpy ride this season, he was beat out by Todd Wellemeyer for the fifth starter spot, his fastball had lost 5 mph and he was getting hit around in his first few games of AAA then he had a meeting with the Giants "Pitcher Whisperer" Dick Tidrow and all was better.

Bumgarner was excellent in his first season in the major leagues and it makes me giddy thinking about him pitching with the likes of Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez for the next few seasons.

Year W L W-L% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 7 6 .538 3.00 18 18 0 0 111.0 119 40 37 11 26 86 136 1.306 9.6 0.9 2.1 7.0 3.31
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/22/2010.

Bumgarner had people freked out at the beginning of the season with his missing velocity, it was like a trail run for the freaking out that would take place during Tim Lincecum's August struggles. People were wondering if it was an injury, were the previous reports wrong on his scouting reports, was Bumgarner turning into a bust, no idea was too outlandish.

It turned out to be a slight flaw in the mechanics which once fixed brought back the missing mph and Bumgarner was back on the fast track to the Giants rotation and he played an important role.

Bumgarner gave the Giants something that most teams only dream of, 5 starting pitchers that were league average or better. From his promotion onward there would be no break or soft spot in the Giants rotation and with the pitchers leading the charge the Giants caught the Padres and then stormed their way through the playoffs.

None of that would have been possible without the great pitching of Bumgarner.

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