Two quick charts to illustrate Madison Bumgarner’s awesomeness

Rk Player SO/BB IP Year Age Tm Lg GS ERA ERA+
1 Bret Saberhagen 4.16 235.1 1985 21 KCR AL 32 2.87 145
2 Don Sutton 4.02 225.2 1966 21 LAD NL 35 2.99 110
3 Madison Bumgarner 3.93 193.2 2011 21 SFG NL 31 3.21 111
4 Frank Tanana 3.68 257.1 1975 21 CAL AL 33 2.62 135
5 Vida Blue 3.42 312.0 1971 21 OAK AL 39 1.82 185
6 Brett Anderson 3.33 175.1 2009 21 OAK AL 30 4.06 109
7 Bert Blyleven 3.30 287.1 1972 21 MIN AL 38 2.73 119
8 Felix Hernandez 3.11 190.1 2007 21 SEA AL 30 3.92 112
9 Denny McLain 3.10 220.1 1965 21 DET AL 29 2.61 134
10 Smoky Joe Wood 3.04 275.2 1911 21 BOS AL 33 2.02 162
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/22/2011.

 

This is nothing new. I’ve alluded — many times — to the fact that Madison Bumgarner’s K/BB this season is incredible considering his age. The guys listed above are the top ten K/BB ratios by a pitcher in his age-21 season (min. 162 IP).

But here’s what’s really awesome. To give context to his elite company, here are those same pitchers, and their career rWAR (Baseball-Reference’s implementation of wins above replacement).

Rk Player rWAR
1 Bret Saberhagen 54.7
2 Don Sutton 53.5
3 Madison Bumgarner (5.0)
4 Frank Tanana 55.1
5 Vida Blue 43.8
6 Brett Anderson (6.2)
7 Bert Blyleven 90.1
8 Felix Hernandez (29.5)
9 Denny McLain 16.8
10 Smoky Joe Wood 26.2

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