Madison Bumgarner, the left-handed ace of the San Francisco Giants’ staff, has been named the National League Pitcher of the Month for May. He is the first to win it for the Giants since Tim Lincecum in 2009.
Madison Bumgarner has been impressive of late, and in six starts went 5-0. He also posted a 2.08 ERA as well as 48 strikeouts compared to just six walks throughout the month. With his help, the San Francisco Giants held an N.L. best 2.92 team ERA as well as an N.L. low in runs (90), earned runs (84) allowed and batting-average against (.231).
Over the past month the San Francisco Giants have also gone 19-8, one of the best in the league.
Even more impressive have been the last two starts for Madison Bumgarner where he threw back-to-back 10-strikeout games starting against the Minnesota Twins. He then followed that up with an impressive performance versus Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals five days later.
This comes after an underwhelming April where the ace went just 1-3, although to his credit he lost two of those games 2-1. So, he has been pitching pretty consistently all season, the difference is that he is now getting the run support. Still, his season-long totals include a 7-3 record and a 2.85 ERA. He also ranks third in the National League with 85 strikeouts.