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Could Madison Bumgarner’s bad road stats hurt him in MLB free agency?

Madison Bumgarner is entering free agency at a curious time in his career. The longtime Giants ace has built a legendary reputation, but plenty of question marks also surround the 30-year-old.

Bumgarner proved he’s still a workhorse after missing time the previous two seasons with freak injuries. His 34 starts were tied for the MLB lead, and his 207 2/3 innings pitched ranked second in the NL.

But while looking at Bumgarner’s stats from this past season, one thing stands out that could hurt him in free agency and actually help the Giants if they want to bring back the left-hander.

MadBum’s home-road splits were staggering in 2019. He was a completely different pitcher in front of the home crowd at Oracle Park, compared to pitching away from San Francisco.

Mind you, with free agency working as it has lately, will we necessarily be able to tell much of a difference?

 

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: free agency, home-road splits, madison bumgarner, statistics

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   1. caspian88 Posted: October 21, 2019 at 01:43 PM (#5892572)
He's still durable and effective, but his velocity is down, so his strikeouts are down in a world where strikeouts are increasing in frequency. He gives up lots of home runs.

Personally I hope he signs elsewhere. I think whoever signs him is going to be left standing when the music stops.
   2. filihok Posted: October 21, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5892573)
Home: 26 K%, 5 BB%. 15 Soft%, 42 Med%, 43 Hard%
Away: 22 K%, 6 BB%. 14 Soft%, 42 Med%, 45 Hard%

I think I'd not be too worried about the splits
   3. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 21, 2019 at 11:48 PM (#5892695)
The velocity is the danger sign. Too many times last year he could get to two strikes on a batter and then not be able to put him away throwing a fastball by batters like earlier in his career. Batters can foul of 92mph stuff these days and if you can’t hump one up there at 95-96, you end up running your pitch count up unnecessarily. He was left to get too many guys last year with offspeed stuff or worse, giving up a hit or HR with 2 strikes because he couldn’t throw strike 3 by the hitters.

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