MLB

Giants' Madison Bumgarner Strikes out 55 in Historically Effective August

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Ben Margot/Associated Press
Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 2, 2014

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner was historically effective in August, joining Curt Schilling as one of two pitchers in the modern era to strike out 55 or more batters while walking three or fewer in a calendar month, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The lefty had a 1.57 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 4-1 record during his incredible August, which included a pair of complete-game shutouts and a 56-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio a for the month. He had a trio of double-digit strikeout performances among his six outings while recording a quality start each time out.

The 56 strikeouts were easily Bumgarner's personal best for a calendar month, surpassing the 48 he had in May of this year. With 199 for the season, he's already matched his career high set last year after consecutive seasons (2011 and 2012) with 191 punchouts.

Having narrowly missed 200 strikeouts in each of the last three years, Bumgarner is set to hit the mark this Saturday, when he'll face major league strikeout leader David Price and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Schilling posted an insane 62-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Arizona Diamondbacks in May of 2002 on his way to finishing the year with 316 strikeouts. No pitcher has reached 300 strikeouts in a season since both Schilling and teammate Randy Johnson (334) did so that year.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices