Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 10/16/12
The St. Louis Cardinals have a ferocious offense, capable of putting up runs in bunches against any pitcher in baseball. So, on one hand, the fact that they torched Madison Bumgarner for six runs and chased him from the game in the fourth inning can simply be chalked up to a good opponent. On the other hand, the lousy performance was the continuation of a six week trend, and there are reasons to think that perhaps Bumgarner has worn down over the course of the season. SplitIPBAOBPSLGBB%K%HR/9BABIPFIPxFIPMar/Apr320.2250.2830.3596%13%0.840.2404.094.30May340.2350.2710.4034%21%1.060.2753.393.41Jun44.20.2170.2590.3235%26%0.600.2802.562.93Jul320.2170.2790.4295%29%1.690.2634.092.80Aug39.10.2080.2610.3386%25%0.920.2553.253.42Sep26.10.2990.3700.5099%19%1.030.3584.204.16Oct80.3850.4150.6675%15%3.380.4004.064.36For the first four months of the year, Bumgarner mostly posted K/BB ratios of nearly 5/1 and kept his BABIP well below average, which is a pretty lethal combination. In September, though,
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