Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bumgarner now 0-6

He's been by far the biggest disappointment this year for the Orange and Black. Given Righetti's track record with pitchers, I remain hopeful but losing to the Cubbies is always a disgrace.

Henry Schulman's game story notes that he gave up walks to Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Dempster: "You never want to walk the leadoff guy or the pitcher," Bumgarner said. "Those are big-time mistakes there. It seems like right now, especially, everyone we let on for free, it seems like they score."


Blogger Al said...

I disagree. Just because he has an 0-6 record doesn't mean he hasn't pitched well. In his last 6 starts he is 0-4 with a 3.15 ERA. Even his 4.25 ERA for the season matches up well with most other teams 4th starters. His 3.10 FIP so far this season say he's a much better pitcher than he's getting credit for. Aside from 2 or 3 poor starts out of his 8 starts total, his problem (with getting those shiny "W"s to his credit) has more to do with very low run support. This is the same problem Cain has faced most of his career. To call Bumgarner the biggest disappointment on the Giants this year is very unfair. If we're gonna levy the disappointment hammer, let's take a swing at Tejada. He's an easy target: poor hitting (with a bit of bad luck), poor fielding, old, expensive. Bumgarner?: good pitcher, young, high upside, inexpensive, bad luck.

In short: good pitcher, no reason to panic, and no reason to be disappointed with his performance so far.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Thanks for the well-written comment, Al. I'd say you're right on both counts -- Tejada is the biggest disappointment and Bumgarner does have a tremendous upside.

3:16 AM  

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