Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dominant is the right word

Here's how Madison Bumgarner dealt with being snubbed for the All-Star Game. He's now got a legit shot to get to 20 wins this season, what with 75 games left, translating to 15 more starts. 

The game report from Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury-News got it right --

Madison Bumgarner maintains that his vastly different home-road splits are a coincidence, a quirk of the game. That might prove to be true of his road troubles, but there's nothing fluky about Bumgarner's recent dominance at AT&T Park.
He mowed down the Houston Astros in Friday night's 5-1 Giants victory, improving to 7-1 at home this season and lowering his ERA at AT&T Park to 1.81. The last 18 times he has taken the ball at home, Bumgarner has come away with 15 wins.
"I think any pitcher is going to be more comfortable at this park," he said. "It's not a hitter's park."
All pitchers throw better with AT&T Park's spacious alleys behind them, but few have had a stretch like Bumgarner's last two home starts. In 16 innings against the Cincinnati Reds and Astros, Bumgarner has allowed just three hits and one run.

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