Accurate Snotrockets

Poor Madison Bumgarner. He pitched extremely well (again) but got a no decision tonight. The Giants did pull out a win in the 9th inning though, thanks to Pablo Sandoval’s non-fat 2 run homer, and beat the DBacks 2-1. So all is well.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, April 30, 2013 on the road vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

  • ND, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2, K, 0 HR, 11 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 3 other.
  • Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 4th in which he blew 4 snotrockets.

Above all I strive to be as accurate as possible when tallying Bumgarner’s snotrockets. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine if what Bumgarner’s doing out on the mound is actually blowing a snotrocket or something else. Usually that happens when the camera angle is from centerfield; Bumgarner’s on the mound, his back is to the camera and occasionally it’s hard to tell what’s going on out there. Is it a snotrocket? Is he blowing into his hand? Or is it something else? After going over the footage of a questionable snotrocket in the third inning many times I posted this on Twitter:

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Accuracy is all important when tallying Bumgarner’s snotrockets. Without it where would we be? In a world of snotrocket confusion. No thank you. I need snotrocket clarity in my life. We all do.

Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Monday, May 6, at home vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

 

A Snotrocket Dilemma

Madison Bumgarner pitched a great game today but unfortunately ended up with a no-decision. Even more unfortunately, the Giants ended up with a loss. But don’t despair, snotrocket totals are here to brighten your day.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

  • ND, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 8 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 4 other. 1 pre-game and 1 at-bat SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 7th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.

Snotrocket dilemma: All the Bumgarner snotrockets that I tally are placed into various categories: pre-game, vs. lefties, vs. righties, during an at-bat, on-base, dugout, etc. One snotrocket that Bumgarner blew today presented a delicate problem as it didn’t exactly fit into any of the above named categories. The snotrocket that Bumgarner blew at precisely 2:08 PM occurred as he was walking along the first base line after hitting a ball that eventually went foul. As he was going back to home plate he blew one snotrocket. Now, as this snotrocket didn’t actually occur while he was at home plate I didn’t feel that I could accurately place it in the ‘at-bat’ category. Nor did it qualify as an ‘on-base’ snotrocket because Bumgarner hadn’t reached base yet (remember, he was returning to home plate after hitting a ball that went foul). What to call it? Where to put it? After agonizing over this crucial decision for several minutes I finally decided to place the 2:08 PM snotrocket in the ‘at-bat’ category, but with an asterisk (insert your favorite Barry Bonds joke here). See how I work for your snotrocket tallying enjoyment.

The 2:08 PM Bumgarner snotrocket inspired a reply from fellow Giants fan on Twitter, @CandlestickWill:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be next Tuesday evening, April 30, again vs. the DBacks but in Arizona this time. I’ll be live-tweeting all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action. Come on over to Twitter and join in on the fun!

Friday Night Snotrockets And A Walk-Off Win Too

Madison Bumgarner pitched very well tonight against the San Diego Padres but didn’t get a lot of run support so he ended up with a no-decision. He did, however, get a lot of snotrockets out there in the atmosphere so it was a win, snotrocket-wise. Oh yeah, it was win overall because the San Francisco Giants beat the Padres , 3-2, in walk-off fashion despite what Damon Bruce says:

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Not so fast there, Mr. Bruce. From The Online Dictionary:

walk’-off   a. 1. (Baseball) Game-ending and game-winning; such as to end the game immediately, and allow the players to walk off the field; – of hits [my italics], especially home runs, which occur in the last half of the ninth or a later inning, which put the home team ahead of the visiting team and thereby end the game immediatey [sic].

So…yeah. No disrespect meant Mr. Bruce but I’m calling it a walk-off. WALK-OFF WIN FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TONIGHT.

But on to more important matters. Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals for Friday, April 19, 2013, at home vs. the San Diego Padres:

  • ND, 13 SNR (snotrockets): 2  vs. lefties, 6  vs. righties, 5 other. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 4th and 6th in which he had 4 snotrockets per inning.
  • Other Madison Bumgarner fun snotrocket facts: he had at least 1 SNR in every inning he pitched tonight.

Bumgarner’s next outing should be Wednesday, April 24, at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks (12:45 PM start). See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Not Snow But Snotrockets

Madison Bumgarner’s third start of the 2013 season was scheduled for today in Chicago vs. the Cubs. When I checked Twitter this morning one of the San Francisco Giants beat writers mentioned that snow was falling in Chicago. I was worried that snow might preempt snotrockets but fortunately that didn’t happen. Wrigley Field stayed relatively flurry-free and the snotrockets flowed like, well, snotrockets.

Here are Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics from today, April 13, 2013, on the road vs. the Chicago Cubs:

  • W, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 14 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 7 other. 1 on-base and 1 at-bat SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 2nd and 6th in which he blew 4 snotrockets per inning.
  • Today’s game saw the first Madison Bumgarner on-base snotrocket of the 2013 season.

Bumgarner’s next start should be at home in San Francisco next Friday, April 19 vs. the San Diego Padres. See you here or on Twitter for all the snotrocket action you can handle.

Home Field Snotrockets

Madison Bumgarner’s first home start of 2013 wasn’t as dazzling as his outing in Los Angeles vs. the Dodgers last week but hey, a win’s a win, right? Also, he only went 5.2 innings against the Rockies so as you would guess a short outing = fewer snotrockets.

Here are Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics from his start on Monday, April 8, 2013 vs. the Colorado Rockies at home in San Francisco:

  • W, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 9 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 2 other. 1 double.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 2nd in which he blew 3 snotrockets.

Once again @SanDiegoGiants on Twitter has captured Bumgarner in all his snotrocket glory and provided some excellent snotrocket screencaps from the game. Here’s MadBum performing the double snotrocket (first one nostril and then the other):

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Bumgarner’s next start should be this Saturday April 13, on the road vs. the Chicago Cubs. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Goodbye Zombies, Hello Snotrockets

The third season of “The Walking Dead” has drawn to a close. And while I was not thrilled with the season finale (too subdued for my taste, although Andrea dying was a plus) I mourned the loss of my weekly zombie fix. No more zombies until October? No more Daryl Dixon and his mighty crossbow until this fall? Oh no what to do? Wait, it’s April. Oh yes, baseball! San Francisco Giants! Madison Bumgarner! Snotrockets! I am saved.

Yes, zombie season has ended and baseball season has begun. Madison Bumgarner started the second game of the 2013 season for the Giants, on the road versus the hated Los Angeles Dodgers. Bumgarner got the win and he pitched a beaut. What’s more, his snotrocketry continues to dazzle and delight if not everyone then at least me.

Here are Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for April 2, 2013, on the road, vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • W, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 HR, 17 SNR (snotrockets): 7 vs. righties, 1 vs. lefties, 9 other. 1 at-bat and 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 8th in which he blew 6 snotrockets.

Thanks to one of my fellow Giants fans on Twitter, @SanDiegoGiants, for screencapping Bumgarner’s first (televised) snotrocket of the 2013 season:

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Also from @SanDiegoGiants, a bonus Bumgarner pic from the same game:

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Bumgarner had seventeen snotrockets in his first start of the season. He sets a high bar. His next start should be Monday, April 8 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies. See you here or on Twitter (I live-tweet all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action you can handle. Username: @Fawn_Liebowitz ).