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Value Ace: Madison Bumgarner

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Texas

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game 4 of World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (Oct. 31, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

One pitcher that I really want in all my drafts is Giants lefthander Madison Bumgarner. I wouldn’t be surprised if he puts up better fantasy numbers than teammates Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain this season and he will cost less.


At the end of April last season, Bumgarner had a 6.17 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. He went on to have an outing where he allowed eight runs while recording one out and still was on the best pitchers in baseball even with that performance.


After April, he had a 2.83 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. After the All-Star break, Bumgarner had eye-popping stats. In 15 starts, he went 9-4. In 100 innings, he allowed 89 hits, had a 99/19 K/BB ratio, 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.


For the season, Bumgarner went 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, an 8.40 K/9, 2.02 BB/9, and a 0.53 HR/9. His FIP was 2.67. Bumgarner had a 4.15 K/BB and doesn’t allow home runs. He had a 46 percent ground ball rate last season and a 33 percent fly ball rate. Bumgarner uses four pitches and has a terrific slider.


If you are one who elects to wait on pitching, I have no problem with him as you No. 1 pitcher.


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