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Madison Bumgarner Is Becoming A Filthy, Nasty Kind Of Special

By Bryan Rose

Listen to these names….

Pedro Martinez. Roger Clemens. Felix Hernandez. Sandy Koufax. Nolan Ryan.

What do they all share with Madison Bumgarner? Similar strikeouts per nine inning totals at the tender age of 21 years old.

Bumgarner currently holds an elite 8.6 strike per nine innings ratio (to put that into perspective, Randy Johnson didn’t even have a season PAST 8.0 until he was 26) and nearly as impressive is his near 4 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. Do I need to remind you he has these numbers at TWENTY-ONE!?

In a way, the existence of Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum on the same roster as Bumgarner has shadowed him to the public eye and given Bumgarner’s laid back, down home personality, that’s more than fine with him. In reality, there’s no reason to now throw Bumgarner in with the Lincecum’s and Cain’s of the world nor is there much reason to think he’s not as special as other young pitching stud’s in the game such as Clayton Kershaw.

Take away Bumgarner’s horrific start versus the Twins this year and he’s sporting a sub 3.00 ERA with a near 1.19 WHIP to go with is elite K numbers. Oh, and he’s five weeks YOUNGER than the current top pitching prospect in baseball, Rays eventual starter, Matt Moore.

Amazing to say it, but going into 2012, the best pitcher on the already elite Giants starting staff could very well be Madison Bumgarner. And that, Giant fans, should make your baseball pants tingle in excitement.