The San Francisco Giants are loaded with quality starting pitchers. That fact showed very clearly on Tuesday night when Madison Bumgarner threw eight shutout innings in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bumgarner has been a dominant pitcher over the last two seasons in San Francisco and could potentially be even better this year.
Bumgarner gave up just two hits and struck out six during his performance against a team that many expect to lead the National League in hitting by the end of the season. There is nothing like a dominant left-handed pitcher on the mound. It reminds me a little of a pitcher like Warren Spahn or Sandy Koufax. Bumgarner may never get to the same levels that those two did but could easily find himself having a great career. Bumgarner is just 23 years old and is already in his third full season with the team. The thing that could also be confusing hitters is Bumgarner’s pitching style, which is mostly sidearm.
The Giants are likely going to make the playoffs just on the strength of their pitching. Bumgarner looks like he could be the ace of this staff within the next year or two even with the experience of Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Those three pitchers are going to make life very difficult on any team around MLB this season especially if Lincecum gets closer to his Cy Young numbers. Bumgarner is the pitcher that fans should be watching out for though. He is a star in the making and a pitcher that I could see winning 20 games this season.