Bumgarner better than record indicates 

June, 21, 2011
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On Monday, I discussed the success Ryan Vogelsong has had since taking a place in the San Francisco Giants rotation. However, his teammate, Madison Bumgarner, has had his own success this year. The 21-year-old lefty enters his Tuesday start against the Minnesota Twins having put together a streak of 10 straight quality starts.

That streak, a level of consistency that owners in head-to-head formats can especially appreciate, shows that Bumgarner has pitched better than his 3-8 record would indicate.

On the surface, there doesn't appear to be a ton of growth in Bumgarner's game, especially when compared to how he finished last season, but there have been some small steps that give the southpaw a good chance to keep things up going forward.

"I just wanted to try to be more consistent [this season]," Bumgarner said. "More consistent with all of my pitches, be able to throw them to a spot, and repeat the delivery better."


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