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Almost Perfect: Madison Bumgarner Vs. the Colorado Rockies

August 27th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

There's one word to describe what Madison Bumgarner has done against the Colorado Rockies this year. Perfect. Well, almost perfect. Bumgarner was into the eighth inning of Tuesday's game in San Francisco with a perfect game still intact before being broken up by the batting brilliance of one Justin Morneau. That has kind of been the story of Madison Bumgarner against the Rockies this season. Just about as good as you can get.

In five games versus the Rox this year, three at SF, two in Denver, Madison has been close to masterful. He only has a record of 2-1, the numbers say that shold be much better. He's posted an ERA of 3.25, a batting average against of .248, a WHIP of 1.139 and a whopping K/BB ratio of over five, 41 strikeouts to only eight walks. So yeah, he's been good, and that has allowed him to work deep into ballgames, averaging more than seven innings in each of his starts against the Rockies.

The numbers he has put up haven't been inflated by the extreme pitchers park that is AT&T Park either. He's been solid at Coors Field in his two starts in Colorado, enough so that the Rockies' own pitchers wish they put up his numbers. An ERA of 3.21, a WHIP of 1.357 and a K/BB ratio of six would all rank among the best on the Rockies rotation pitching at home.

Bumgarner has deflated many a team with his dynamic left arm, but he's had a little something extra to hurt the Rockies this year. His bat. Madison has stroked two home runs, including that monster grand slam back in April, and knocked in seven RBI against the answerless Rockies. Both home runs were no-doubters and both have come at home, so he hasn't gotten a Coors Field bounce at the plate. He eats up Rockies pitching just like he eats up their bats.

Madison Bumgarner was close to perfection Tuesday night, but that should come as no surprise to any Rockies fan who has watched him pitch against their team. You may hate to do it, but sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the opponent for simply being better than you are.

Consider this that tip of the cap.

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