One man is the reason the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in the last five seasons.
That man would be Madison Bumgarner, who became a baseball legend after his Game 7 performance.
Bumgarner put together the greatest display of pitching ever seen in the history of the World Series. He went 2-0, along with a Game 7 save (which really should have been a win) and finished with a microscopic 0.43 ERA. That brings his career World Series numbers to 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA in five games. Are you kidding me? Bumgarner came in last night with the Giants up 3-2 and secured the win for the Giants. This guy just pitched on Sunday night. Two days of rest and then he comes back out and tosses five scoreless innings Wednesday. That is an absolute revelation of the modern baseball era. In an era where we see innings limits and four or five days between starts, what Bumgarner did is unprecedented in the 21st century.
The greatness of the World Series MVP leads us to calling the Giants a dynasty. Three World Series in five seasons is rare, and something that has not really been done since the Yankees in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Bruce Bochy secured a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame, and he deserves it. Some managers would manage on paper and not by the book. A guy like Matt Williams would have never let Bumgarner stay in the game, and Bochy knew that he could not be hit. He’s got the whole offseason to rest. He could not be denied.
The Giants enter the offseason with some questions marks and some guys that could be on their way out, with the biggest being Pablo Sandoval. They may not win back-to-back, but it’s been quite a ride for the Giants. It’s amazing that Bumgarner is making just $6 million a year, while Clayton Kershaw is making $30 million. At this point in time, I’m taking Bumgarner over Kershaw to lead the way. He’s been an absolute beast in October, and could be labeled the “Mr. October for pitchers.” Bumgarner is now an all-time legend and a top-three pitcher in Major League Baseball.