Aug 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
With the most crucial NL West series of the season underway, I thought it would be fitting to make a statement of which ace I would rather have on my team: Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants.
This conversation has been an argument for a few years now, particularly since Bumgarner began his postseason dominance, while Kershaw could never pitch past the seventh inning in October. With that being said, being a college baseball player myself, I have come to realize that results do not mean everything. However, execution is everything and more. For instance, any MLB pitcher will tell you that on occasion they will throw some of their best pitches, yet the hitter launches a dinger into section 142. Tip your cap and move on. Vice versa, all pitchers have thrown horrendous pitches that leave them hoping the ball doesn’t squirt away from the catcher for a wild pitch, yet the hitter swings at the garbage pitch and has to grab some pine. Tell the batter thank you very much and move on.
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As for a hitting perspective, Giants broadcasters Kruk & Kuip often say after a “ducksnort” or “magic wondoo” falls in for a hit that “it’s a line drive in the scorebook.” Ultimately, the results don’t always mean everything, instead, they are a resemblance of execution. Who cares if he pitches with his left pinky toe? As long as he spots up hitting 95 on the radar gun, right?
Lets take our sights away from inside the baseball mindset, and focus more on Kershaw and Bumgarner. The experts have spoken, the insights have been released, and the results have been decided. Kershaw has now been an MLB pitcher for eight seasons, while Bumgarner has for 7 seasons. This is no small sample we are dealing with here.
Who is the better pitcher? Who would I rather have on my team? Let’s do this.
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