Madison Bumgarner had another start Tuesday in which he threw a lot of pitches, faced a lot of hitters and did not get into the third inning. He held the Indians to one run in two innings but faced 10 batters and allowed three hits and a walk.
Bumgarner has faced 29 hitters in the Cactus League and has allowed 12 to reach base in completing only 5 2/3 innings. His command is the issue, and he offered one clue why.
The 23-year-old left-hander said he reduced his throwing over the winter after the playoffs and World Series extended his 2012 season by a month. He ordinarily throws a handful of bullpens in North Carolina before he comes to Arizona for spring training. This winter he threw none.
"That's part of getting everything zoned in," he said. "My command wasn't quite as erratic today. I was just up and I was pitching behind every time. I've felt a little better each time out.
"You don't want to peak until the end of spring. Obviously you want to be at your best, but it's not happening right now. It's early. Maybe if I was doing this with a week to go I'd be worried. I think the command will get better as we go."
Manager Bruce Bochy said he was happy with Bumgarner's arm strength, which is more important this early in spring.
"A few guys are off," Bochy said. "As far as Bum, he's going to be fine. He's just missing a little bit."
Bumgarner still rounding into shape
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 6