Dodgers: Five pitchers that have owned them since 2010

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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Giants, Madison Bumgarner
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Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

One would think that Madison Bumgarner would have a distinct advantage here. He’s raged in countless battles with the Dodgers over the years, both on the mound and toe-to-toe with some particular players. Any time Bumgarner has been penciled in as the opposing starter, you knew to expect fireworks from one side or the other, whether it be from a lights-out performance or from some other shenanigans that sparked controversy during the game.

In 224.1 innings of works against LA since 2010, he has by far the most innings of any pitcher against the Dodgers since 2010. Bumgarner has a cumulative ERA of 2.73 and has help Dodgers hitter to a batting line of .231/.278/.368. His FIP during that time of 3.51 doesn’t indicate much about his dominance in games but attests to his longevity in outings and showcases how much he would grind out each match-up against the boys in blue.

But it goes beyond straight peripherals for Bumgarner as well. There is a reason why he owns 15 wins in his career against the Dodgers. Unlike the aforementioned Ray, Bumgarner limits free passes, with just a 1.9 BB/9 mark against LA during that span. He has also held Dodgers hitters to a 31.8% hard-hit rate and despite allowing a 39.6% fly-ball rate, he has limited Los Angeles to just a 10.8% HR/FB ratio.

So while Bumgarner hasn’t exactly been dominant against the Dodgers over the years, he has been consistent and has guaranteed a tough outing nearly every time he’s taken the mound during the rivalry. While that continued presence will come in a different uniform in 2020 and beyond, Dodgers fans know they’ll still have the opportunity to get one over on Bumgarner while facing off against the Arizona Diamondbacks.