If you are a huge baseball fan you already know where this blog post is heading. It has been one of the most memorable/exciting postseasons in Major League Baseball History, and it concluded with the San Francisco Giants winning yet another World Series Trophy in a close 3-2 win against the Kansas City Royals. MLB columnist Anthony Castrovince says, “You can make an easy argument that this was the greatest postseason pitching performance the game has ever seen.”
It was a dramatic trip, but the Giants earned their way to the World Series by playing the great game of baseball to the best of their ability. Let’s fast forward to the World Series after the Giants lost a huge game six at home, 10-0. This caused the Kansas City Royals to be confident in their ability to play smart fundamentally sound baseball and pull off a storybook win. But unfortunately, San Fran had a trick up their sleeve, which we all saw coming. His name is Madison Bumgarner, and yes his stellar performance in the postseason earned him the MVP award last night. Some of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball have had stellar regular season stats, but like Clayton Kershaw can attest to; at the end of the day, preforming in the postseason is what everyone remembers.
Madbum (Madison Bumgarner) stole the show this World Series, pitching a dominate game 1 accumulating the following stats; 7 innings pitched, 3 hits, 1 earned run, and 5 k’s, leading Giants towards a 7-1 win over the Royals on the road. Impressive, we know; however, this was not what made Madbum a hero. It was clear that if the series went to game 7 Madbum would be in the bullpen ready to give the Giants the lights out performance he has given all postseason on short rest. This is a common move managers in baseball do with their ACE pitcher, but it is extremely risky because the little rest can result in decrease effectiveness.
Regardless, Madbum entered Game 7 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Giants leading 3-2 and proceeded to allow two hits in five scoreless innings. In summation, what this means is that Bumgarner has given up a single run on 14 hits with five walks and 31 strikeouts. His 0.25 ERA is the best all-time among those with 25 innings in the World Series. These stats mean, if you watched the game last night, you witnessed history! Lastly, a huge and well deserved round of applause to the San Francisco Giants! You all Fit the Mark.