Yielding a mere two scores over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, it is more evident than ever that Madison Bumgarner is the San Francisco Giants’ burgeoning ace.
The 23-year-old Bumgarner (3-0, 1.77 ERA), who San Francisco took out of high school with the 10th pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, is now 39-30 with a 3.15 ERA over 90 games since debuting with the Giants in September 2009.
Although the 6-foot-5, 225 pound native North Carolinian throws a fastball that barely reaches 93 mph, Bumgarner compensates for his relative lack of velocity with great command and a release point that’s difficult for hitters to locate.
A stellar postseason performer, “Mad Bum” seems poised to help the Giants defend their title in 2013.
A true artist on the hill, the extremely athletic Madison Bumgarner is destined to breakout this season in “The Paris of the West.”by