Madison Bumgarner with a very short outing today (4.0 IP) at Wrigley Field. Even though yesterday he flew on ahead of the team to Chicago (Giants had night game in Houston on getaway day), ostensibly to be well-rested for today’s game, he seemed kind of sluggish and labored through four innings (85 pitches plus he forgot to back up home plate on a key play). Maybe it was the heat: 92° F at game time. Maybe it was just one of those things. Or maybe it was that Bumgarner was made nervous because he sensed the importance of today’s game against the Cubs. You see, going into today’s outing Madison Bumgarner had 298 snotrockets in 2012. That meant MadBum was going to break the 300 mark at some point in today’s game. A momentous occasion that required a special tweet of its own:
Here are the snotrocket totals from today’s game:
Madison Bumgarner snotrocket (SNR) totals today: 8 SNR ― 0 vs. lefties, 7 vs. righties, 1 other. 1 double SNR.
Bumgarner’s only other outing against this Cubs this year was on June 1, 2012 in San Francisco. Snotrocket totals from that game: 9 SNR: 2 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 5 other. 1 at-bat SNR.
Bumgarner snotrocket totals vs. the Cubs in 2012: 17 SNR ― 2 vs. lefties, 9 vs. righties, 6 other. 1 double and 1 at-bat SNR.
Bumgarner’s next start will probably be Wednesday, September 5 at home vs. the Diamondbacks. Snake snotrockets. Home cookin’ snotrockets. See you here or on Twitter.
Today’s San Francisco Giants game was on Fox instead of Comcast Sports Net. That meant we were either going to get Mitch Williams (who I can’t stand) or Tim McCarver (who I can’t stand) to broadcast the game. So not that it mattered but it ended up being McCarver who was his usual McCarverian self. Or as one person on Twitter put it:
Anyway, on to more important matters. Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket (SNR) totals from today’s loss to the Braves:
16 SNR: 0 vs. L, 6 vs. R, 10 other. 2 pre-game SNR.
Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 5th in which he blew 5 snotrockets.
Not a great day for Bumgarner pitching-wise (a loss) but snotrocket-wise it was pretty good. The 16 snotrockets he blew today were just 2 short of his season high of 18 which he’s reached twice in 2012 (4/23/12 vs. Mets on the road and 6/28/12 vs. Reds at home).
I live-tweet most every Bumgarner start so if you’re interested you can follow me on Twitter (see the Twitter follow button on the right hand side of this page). Most of the Giants fans who follow me on Twitter seem to enjoy my snotrocket tallying and we all have some fun with it. During Bumgarner’s previous start vs. the Dodgers in L.A. I was quite pleased to see the following tweet appear in my timeline:
Cool, huh? 🙂
Bumgarner’s next start should be Friday August 31 in Chicago. See you here or on Twitter for some Windy City snotrockets.
Madison Bumgarner snotrocket (SNR) stats for Monday, August 20, 2012 at Dodger Stadium:
14 SNR ― 2 vs L, 8 vs R, 4 other. 2 double SNR.
Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 8th in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
Other Bumgarner snotrocket totals of note: MadBum now has 282 SNR on the year: 159 on the road, 123 at home.
Bumgarner’s next start should be at home this Saturday, August 25 vs. the Braves. This season MadBum has 13 SNR in one game facing Atlanta (road game, 07/19/12). Also, Saturday’s game is scheduled to be shown on Fox. I’ll be curious to see if that tool Mitch Williams has anything good to say about Bumgarner, the Giants or if he’ll even notice a snotrocket being blown. Prediction on all three: doubtful.
Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals from today’s game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals (in St. Louis):
10 snotrockets (SNR): 2 vs. left-handed batters, 6 vs. right-handed batters, 2 other. 2 double SNR. Other Bumgarner snotrocket totals of note:
Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st and 3rd in which he blew 3 snotrockets per inning.
Bumgarner blew at least 1 SNR in every inning he pitched today.
Today’s game marks the 14th time this season that Madison Bumgarner has reached double digits in snotrockets.
Some explanation about the snotrocket statistics I keep: “SNR” is an abbreviation for snotrockets. “Other” represents any Bumgarner snotrockets that are not blown while facing a batter. This would include pre-game, between batters, at-bat, on-base, dugout and post-game snotrockets. A “double” snotrocket means both nostrils were included in the snotrocketing (first one nostril and then the other).
Double SNR can occur at any time; versus a batter, while in the dugout, at-bat, etc. For example, in today’s game Bumgarner blew his first double SNR at 11:31 AM (Pacific) while facing Adam Wainwright in the 3rd inning. Bumgarner’s second double SNR came while he was out on the mound at 12:15 PM, in the 5th inning, while in-between batters.
Most of Bumgarner’s double SNR have come while facing batters, or while in-between batters. I’ve yet to see a double dugout SNR. I am breathlessly awaiting one of these rare beauties.
I believe Bumgarner’s next start will be on Tuesday, August 14, at home, versus the Nationals. Maybe Tuesday will be the night to see my first double dugout snotrocket. One can always dream.