In case you haven’t noticed, we tend to revel in the misfortunes of others around here. Tuesday night provided yet another opportunity to do just that.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner just didn’t have it Tuesday night. The 21-year-old left-hander got absolutely blasted by the Minnesota Twins. Seriously, the kid got destroyed. I think the Twins’ had a tougher time figuring out their batting practice pitcher.
I’m not sure you could even call Bumgarner’s appearance a “start” in the conventional sense. All I can say about what Madison Bumgarner did Tuesday night is that it happened, and with great vigor.
Bumgarner allowed nine hits and eight earned runs while registering just one out. I will repeat that, because it’s the kind of statistic that takes time to sink in. Bumgarner pitched 0.1 innings while allowing nine hits and eight runs (all earned).
Bumgarner’s WHIP for the game was 27.00. His ERA for the night was a comical 216.00. In the span of 10 batters and 25 pitches, Bumgarner’s ERA on the season jumped from 3.21 to 4.06.
The sad part of this whole thing? The only out Bumgarner got was a strikeout of Carl Pavano, who happened to be the opposing pitcher on the night. Oh, and he also suffered his ninth loss on the season (3-9 record now).
So I think it’s safe to say Bumgarner has lapped the field in the race for the coveted Worst Individual Start of the Season Award.
Fausto Carmona’s 3.0 inning, 11 hit, 10 run, 30.00 ERA Opening Day performance was awful, but nothing close to what Bumgarner accomplished Tuesday night.
Our hats are off to you Madison. Your awfulness from Tuesday night may not be surpassed this season. Congratulations.