Madison Bumgarner was a highly touted prospect to say the least. The Giants faithful were left salivating over the can’t miss prospect. He was so highly regarded Brian Sabean refused to deal the young man for the needed bat the Giants sought for the middle of the order despite being loaded with pitching. After a few minor setbacks that were resolved in record time, the 21 year old Bumgarner would reach the major leagues.
His regular season was solid. Bumgarner pitched well enough for the Giants to have a shot to win most games that he started. Bumgarner displayed the poise of a ten year veteran. No matter the situation, he never seemed rattled. Had he received more offensive help, he would have had a much better record than his 7-6 regular season.
However, his post season was a work of art. The man took it to another level. He showed the world that the baseball experts were right to give him the label of future staff ace. His play off stat line read like pitching poetry. His record was 2-0 in four appearances (three starts). He allowed only five runs the entire post season for a sparkling 2.18 ERA. He did this with the pressure of facing great opposition on the grandest stage in baseball. He held power houses like Philly and Texas down with his tremendous command and movement on his pitches.
The scary thought is he did this in his rookie year at only 21 years of age. Baring injury, he is only going to get better. He already has experienced so much, but as he experiences more issues and solves them, he will be a better pitcher. This is bound to happen. The bar is set high after this great post season run by Mad Bum. The sad news for the rest of MLB is he will reach this new bar like he already reached the high bar that people gave him from the beginning. GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!