by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who had a solid performance his last time out, took a step back as he endured his worst outing of the year Friday night against the Rockies.
Bumgarner (4-2), who failed to protect an early four-run lead, surrendered five runs in the fifth, including a grand slam to Jordan Pacheco that broke the game open. He was charged with nine runs -- seven earned -- and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out four and walked two in a 10-9 defeat.
Bumgarner has allowed two home runs in his last three starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against Washington. He went 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in two starts last season against the Nationals, including a complete game on Aug. 14, 2012.
Madison Bumgarner Ks 11 Braves
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who allowed five runs his last time out at home, bounced back with an 11-strikeout performance as he picked up his fourth win of the season during Saturday's contest against the Braves.
Bumgarner (4-1), who made his eighth start of the season, pitched four scoreless innings before surrendering a run-scoring single to Paul Maholm in the fifth. The left-hander was charged with one run and four hits over seven innings of work in a 10-1 victory. He threw 70 of his 112 pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 2.18. He walked two.
Bumgarner has struck out seven or more in four of his last five starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Friday at Colorado. He is 3-2 with a 3.53 ERA in his last six starts at Coors Field.
Madison Bumgarner suffers first loss
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Giants starter Madison Bumgarner didn't have his best stuff at home Monday against Philadelphia.
The 23-year-old struck out seven over six innings and 100 pitches, but gave up three runs in the second, two in the fifth and as his offense couldn't get much going against Cliff Lee.
Bumgarner (3-1) allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks. His ERA is 2.31 after his first outing of the season in which he gave up more than two runs.
Bumgarner has 43 Ks over 46 2/3 innings but hasn't won since April 13 in Chicago. He'll look to find that elusive fourth victory when he next starts Saturday against Atlanta.
Madison Bumgarner should keep rolling
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Considering he is currently started in 87 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues, you don't need me to tell you Madison Bumgarner is a must-start Fantasy option. If you haven't been starting Bumgarner all year, the only excuse is that you have forgotten to set your lineup -- every week.
Week 6 (May 6-12) should be more of the same for Bumgarner, who starts twice in the week, both times at the Giants' home park. Keep him active in all Fantasy formats, and expect big things.
Bumgarner is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in six starts, with an 0.84 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.
"It's probably been a little bit of everything," Bumgarner said. "The command's been there, the mechanics have been good and I've felt the same pretty much every time out. I think if you're feeling good and your mechanics are going good it doesn't matter if you have to sit down for a long inning or get up and down so much."
Madison Bumgarner posts 1.55 ERA in April
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner continued his strong start Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. He worked seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out two.
The left-hander threw 62 of his 102 pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 1.55. He walked one.
Unfortunately for Bumgarner, pitcher Trevor Cahill was equally as sharp. Bumgarner left with the score 0-0.
His next start is Monday against the Phillies.
Madison Bumgarner Ks 7
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner turned in his fifth straight quality start to begin the year in Wednesday's series finale against the Diamondbacks. He allowed one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work.
The left-hander had little trouble with Arizona over his first seven frames but finally ran into some trouble in the eighth. He gave up a one-out double to Eric Hinske before A.J. Pollock drove him in with a single. Bumgarner was pulled after that and left with the game tied at 1-1.
Bumgarner, who threw 101 pitches, also struck out seven and walked one in the no-decision.
His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Diamondbacks -- again. He went 0-3 with a 6.61 ERA in three starts against Arizona last season.
Madison Bumgarner Ks 10 in ND
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had another quality start in a no-decision Friday night against the Padres.
Bumgarner allowed a sacrifice fly in the first and a solo home run to Chase Headley in the sixth. The left-hander allowed two runs, four hits and struck out 10 in six innings. He threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Bumgarner has a 2.05 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in his first four starts. He will face the Diamondbacks at home Wednesday. The 23-year-old struggled against Arizona last season, as he went 0-3 with a 6.61 ERA. He has allowed just four runs in 11 2/3 innings at home this season.
Madison Bumgarner not satisfied despite win
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (3-0) carried a shutout into the seventh inning en route to his third straight win during San Francisco's 3-2 victory over the Cubs Saturday.
Bumgarner allowed his only runs on a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro in the seventh inning that chased him from the game and raised his ERA to 1.77 on the season.
The left-hander permitted six hits and two walks while fanning six batters to increase his strikeout total to 17 over 20 1/3 innings. Still, the 23-year-old sees room for improvement.
"I've definitely still got some work to do," he said. "It can be better."
Bumgarner's next start is projected for Friday against San Diego. He finished 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning in five starts versus the Padres last season.
Madison Bumgarner wild but still earns win
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) After throwing eight scoreless innings in his season debut, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner was not as dominant Monday night against the Rockies but received enough run support to get the win.
He allowed two runs on five hits with five walks over 5 2/3 innings in the 4-2 victory. The left-hander surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the third and an RBI single to Chris Nelson in the sixth. He threw 104 pitches, 62 for strikes.
The 23-year-old struck out five in earning his second win.
His second start of Week 2 (April 8-14) is Saturday against the Cubs. Bumgarner went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against Chicago last season.
Madison Bumgarner happy with fast start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner continued his dominance of NL West rival Los Angeles with eight shutout innings Tuesday, which was the second straight time he pitched eight scoreless innings against the Dodgers. Bumgarner is 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA in six starts against the Dodgers since May 19, 2011.
While dominating the Dodgers is nothing new for the left-hander hurler, getting off to a hot start is. The previous two years, Bumgarner left his first start of the season with a 9.00 ERA. In 2011, Bumgarner began the season with a 0-4 record and 6.17 ERA in his first five starts. Bumgarner is well aware of his slow starts.
"That's probably the best stuff I've had in a long time, which is odd because things don't work out too good in the first start of the year," he said. "Really, the first month of the year has usually been kind of tough to get it going. But it feels good to get started on a good note."
Madison Bumgarner superb in season debut
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) San Francisco starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner looked like an ace on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Bumgarner evened up the series after Clayton Kershaw was dominant for L.A. in Monday's game.
Bumgarner earned the win, going eight shutout innings of two-hit ball against the Dodgers. He threw 101 pitches and 76 went for strikes.
The 23-year-old has already spent parts of four seasons in the majors and he may be embarking on his best yet. After winning 16 games last year with a 3.37 ERA, Bumgarner started 2013 off with a rousing success.
The Giants' starter will make his next appearance Monday against the Rockies and is in line for two starts next week.
Madison Bumgarner Ks six in spring finale
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner made his final start of the Cactus League on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. He allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings. The left-hander was tagged with a run in the second before surrendering a solo homer to Nick Ahmed in the fifth. Bumgarner also struck out six and walked two.
Bumgarner, the No. 2 starter for San Francisco, posted a 2.29 ERA in six spring starts while striking out 18 in 19 2/3 innings.
Madison Bumgarner cruises past Reds
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Giants starter Madison Bumgarner turned in a solid outing in Saturday's game against the Reds.
Bumgarner, who made his fifth Cactus League start, gave up a run on a ground ball out in the opening frame for his only damage of the night. He allowed just one run on two hits in five innings during a 7-6 defeat.
Bumgarner told MLB.com after the game that he found himself in a better groove Friday, compared to his previous start against the Rangers on Monday.
"Everything felt in rhythm more," Bumgarner said.
Bumgarner is projected to start the second game of the regular season for San Francisco.
Madison Bumgarner as good as Cole Hamels?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/14/2013) Last year, Cole Hamels had a 3.05 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 31 starts. Meanwhile, Madison Bumgarner had a 2.83 ERA, 0.99 ERA and 8.4 strikeouts in 25 starts. Unfortunately, they weren't his only 25 starts. A rough patch late in the year inflated his numbers to what they ultimately were. The Giants determined a mechanical flaw was the cause, and they fixed it in time for the World Series, when he two-hit the Tigers over seven innings. I don't know about you, but that little bedtime story leads me to believe the real Bumgarner is the one we saw over those first 25 starts, which would suggest he's at least as good as Cole Hamels. And yet he's going two rounds later, on average, in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie.
Bumgarner goes four shutout
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/11/2013) San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner completed four solid frames on Monday during a Cactus League start against Texas. Bumgarner mowed down four Texas batters as he gave up just one base hits over four shutout frames. He walked one and his spring ERA is now lowered to 1.86. Bumgarner has allowed just two earned runs and nine hits this spring over 9 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.
Bumgarner makes fourth spring start
(3/5/2013) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner made his fourth start of the Cactus League on Tuesday against the Indians. He allowed one run on three hits over two innings of work. The left-hander also struck out three and walked one. Bumgarner has permitted just two runs through 6 2/3 innings this spring. "My command wasn't as erratic as it has been," Bumgarner said. "I was just up and pitching from behind too much. You're trying to be at your best but you know that's not going to happen."
Bumgarner gives up first run
(3/1/2013) After working two scoreless innings in his spring debut, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner surrendered his first run of the spring in Friday's Cactus League game against the A's. He allowed one run on three hits over 1 2/3 innings. The left-hander also struck out two and walked two. "I'm not in a routine yet," Bumgarner said. "I'm just trying to get everything to be the way I want it in the regular season. Sure, I want to pitch well but there are things to work on."
Bumgarner off to nice beginning
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/25/2013) Giants starter Madison Bumgarner made his Cactus League debut on Monday in a start against the White Sox. The 23-year-old was a little wild at times but ultimately fared well as he allowed a walk and two hits over two innings without giving up any runs. Bumgarner struck out one batter in the performance as he gets set to open the season as the No. 2 starter in the Giants' rotation.
Bumgarner taking giant steps
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/16/2013) San Francisco starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner has increased his win total each season since his first major-league appearance during the 2009 campaign. The blooming left-hander will attempt to extend that streak in 2013 as he enters his third full season with the Giants. Boasting impeccable control that generated a sparkling 1.11 WHIP -- placing him in a tie with Phillies ace Cliff Lee for fifth in the National League -- Bumgarner finished with a career-high 16 wins last season while racking up 191 strikeouts to just 49 walks.