Madison Bumgarner capped a month for the ages in yesterday’s 9-1 win over the Cubs.
His pitching numbers were absurd
- He pleased the traditionalists — Bumgarner went 5-0 in his five starts with a 1.43 ERA and 0.72 WHIP.
- He pleased the sabermetricians — Bumgarner had a 0.70 FIP, 1.59 xFIP and .284 BABIP (in other words, he didn’t get lucky).
- He struck out nearly everyone in sight — Bumgarner accumulated 53 strikeouts in 37.2 innings (12.66 K/9). Yesterday was his third game in August with 12+ strikeouts.
- He barely walked anyone — It’s hard to fathom, but he walked four over that span (0.96 BB/9), which gave Bumgarner a ridiculous strikeout-to-walk ratio of 13.25.
- He was nearly unhittable — Bumgarner didn’t allow a homer and opponents hit .173/.201/.218 against him.
- He went the distance — So much for fatigue from last October. Bumgarner pitched two complete games and a shutout this month.
His hitting didn’t fall off one bit
- Fourth consecutive month with a home run — In fact, he hit two of them.
- These splits are SOOOO Bumgarner — .278/.278/.667 is a nice way to spend 18 at-bats, right?
- Second-best* OPS on the team — Bumgarner had an OPS of .944, slightly better than Brandon Belt’s .942.
- One of the best games of all-time — In his 14-strikeout, 3-hit shutout against the Nationals, Bumgarner went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer.
* That’s only if you count Joe Panik, who went 2-for-5 in his only game for an OPS of 1.200.
He’s fielding at a Gold Glove level
I’m going to move away from the August thing for a second.
According to Fangraphs, Bumgarner isn’t just the best hitting pitcher in the game this year (the only pitcher with over 10 plate appearances who’s a net positive offensively), he’s also the best at fielding his position (slightly ahead of Zack Greinke).
The Giants’ catchers deserve some credit for this, but check out Bumgarner’s stolen bases allowed numbers since 2012, when 27-of-37 (27% CS) base runners stole successfully when he was on the mound.
- 2013: 8 SB, 7 CS (47% CS), 6 pickoffs
- 2014: 7 SB, 10 CS (57% CS), 6 pickoffs
- 2015: 3 SB, 4 CS (59% CS), 1 pickoff
Guys aren’t even trying to steal on Bumgarner anymore.
Then there’s this play (via @gidget):
We learned that Bumgarner has incredible stamina and unfrayable (not a word, but it seems to fit here) nerves in October of 2014. In August of 2015, Bumgarner was the best and most complete player in the game.