"That concerned me a little bit," Bochy said.Bochy acknowledged discussing with his staff the possibility that Bumgarner might be enduring a dead-arm phase.
"I think at this time of year, especially with a young pitcher like Madison, you're going to have those conversations," Bochy said, though he reiterated that Bumgarner's velocity has not diminished substantially."If I thought his stuff had dropped that dramatically, I would worry about it," Bochy said. "But he still had good stuff. He's just making mistakes. It's not like he's throwing 85, 86 [mph]." But even Bumgarner admitted after Game 1 that his pitches lacked late movement and noted that he has scaled down his between-starts throwing routine to preserve his energy. Bumgarner's 5.47 ERA for September/October was by far his worst for any regular-season month. "Sometimes they throw too much," Bochy said. "This is a case where less is more, for the most part, at this time of year."