Close your eyes for a second and imagine how hard it is to kill an MLB hitter.
Now, imagine someone doing this 2,000 times.
Sounds hard, doesn’t it?
“Madison Bumgarner 4 strikeouts away from becoming 84th pitcher” @mlb History of reaching 2,000 in his career,” the D-Bax Twitter account wrote on Wednesday.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) 22 June 2022
Bumgarner should be able to reach the milestone in his next outing.
It will start on Wednesday when he takes on the San Diego Padres.
So far only 83 pitchers have hit at least 2,000 hitters in their careers.
That may sound like a lot, but trust us: it’s a small percentage of all pitchers who have walked on a major league mound.
A really cool feat for a highly accomplished pitcher
And funnily enough, none of these strikeouts and regular-season stats have been the most influential part of Bumgarner’s MLB career so far.
He is best known as a post-season hero and was the most important player in the San Francisco Giants’ 2014 World Series run.
He was also part of the 2010 and 2012 World Series-winning squads, and was a major part of the Giants’ early-2010s dynasty.
He has an ERA of 0.25 World Series!
He’s almost 33 years old and far from his prime, but he’s still helping keep D-Back afloat.
With 3.45 ERA in 70.1 innings, he has been good this year, although he is not the force he once was.
He’s had an incredible career so far, and 2,000 strikes are just the icing on the cake.