Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Command performance eluding Bumgarner


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If there's one thing that anybody can be sure of regarding Madison Bumgarner, it's his impeccable control.

That's why the left-hander's total of four walks in 5 2/3 innings spanning three Cactus League outings appears somewhat unusual. Bumgarner has averaged 2.1 walks per nine innings in his four-year career.

Bumgarner explained after the Giants' 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Indians that after enduring last year's prolonged season, he refrained from throwing off a mound during the offseason, indicating that this might have affected his command.

"Maybe if I'm doing this with a week to go, I'd be getting a little concerned," said Bumgarner, who allowed one run and three hits while walking one in his two-inning stint. "But right now I feel good. I think the command will start coming in and getting a little better"

Bumgarner, San Francisco's No. 2 starter, said that shortening the turn in his pitching delivery is no longer an issue, but holding runners on base is. Ezequiel Carrera stole two bases off Bumgarner in the second inning before scoring.

"I definitely have to get better at that," Bumgarner said.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español