Ah, the good old pitcher's win-loss stat, the most reviled in all of baseball. It's a number that means absolutely nothing to anyone, since team pitching is entirely independent of team hitting. Yet here stands Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, a prisoner of circumstance to the cruelest of fates: Loss after loss after loss.
Bumgarner is now 2-8 on the season despite boasting a 3.42 ERA. Worst of all, in seven of those eight losses, the Giants haven't managed more than a single run to support him. Nice one team.
Here are some of his most excruciating losses so far this season.
- April 27: 6 innings, 5 hits scattered, 1 earned run. Giants lose to Pirates 2-0.
- May 2: The very next start, MadBum ups his totals to 7 innings, gives up 4 hits and 2 runs. Giants lose to Nationals 2-0.
- June 4: 7 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs given up but only 1 earned. Giants lose to Rockies 2-1. SUCKS FOR YOU!
- June 9: 7 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run. Giants lose to Reds 3-0. What nerve.
*I swear if you treat this question seriously, there is no hope for you.