San Francisco Giants’ starter Madison Bumgarner has been as dominant this past week as he was in the playoffs last season, going 2-0 with two complete games, pacing the big leagues in starting pitcher ERA (0.50), first in strikeouts and leading all starters with at least two outings this past week with a 0.50 WHIP – thanks to eight hits and just one walk over his Major League-leading 18.0 innings
Only seven pitchers have more than two complete games on the season, and Bumgarner did it in one week.
Bumgarner’s .133 batting average against was second on the week to Chris Sale, who also went 2-0 for the Chicago White Sox, allowing a .122 batting average against and posting a 1.26 ERA.
His 26:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (his 26 Ks were the most in all of baseball) was more than two times better than the White Sox’ Carlos Rodon’s 11.00 mark – the next best in the big leagues.
But, Bumgarner’s not just known for his pitching. Over the past week, he also went 2-for-6 at the dish, with a home run and two RBIs. He hit a run-scoring double with the runner in motion, and slugged a solo home run in Sunday's 5-0 win.
He’s hitting .245 on the year (13-for-53) – the highest batting average for a pitcher with at least 20 at-bats, and his four home runs are twice as many as the next-best-hitting pitcher – the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Zack Greinke. Bumgarner’s seven RBIs are also tied for the most among pitchers.