The idea of Madison Bumgarner getting even better–or at least throwing harder–is a scary one, but that’s exactly what happened Monday night.
According to Pitchf/x (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News) the Giants left-hander and World Series MVP hit 95.1 miles per hour on the radar gun with a fifth-inning fastball to Jedd Gyorko for his fastest pitch since 2010 when he was a 20-year-old rookie.
Oh, and Bumgarner also took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7.1 innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Padres, striking out six and walking one.
Bumgarner had a rough second outing of the season on April 11 versus that same Padres team, but if you take that one start out of the mix he’s 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. Ho hum.