Following a disappointing season, Madison Bumgarner will help spearhead the San Francisco Giants’ turnaround in 2014

Madison Bumgarner will remain a Giant San Franciscan in 2014.

With six games remaining in a terribly disappointing campaign, the San Francisco Giants have decided to shelve ace Madison Bumgarner until 2014.

Rather than again send the 24-year-old Bumgarner (13-9, 2.77 ERA) to the mound, Barry Zito will start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park.

Primarily because Zito, Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum took turns sodomizing the canine, the underachieving Giants (72-84) have really been removed from playoff contention for months.

Hence, Bumgarner is a vital reason San Francisco didn’t become one of baseball’s laughingstocks in 2013.

Selected 10th overall in 2007, Bumgarner is now 49-39 with a 3.08 ERA since debuting with the Giants on September 8, 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” will surely find it odd to not participate in America’s pastime this October.

Regardless, an elite organization that has captured two championships this decade, the Giants should quickly return to prominence.

Expect Bumgarner to help spearhead San Francisco’s turnaround as the team recaptures their powerhouse status in the National League West.

Individually, an artist on the hill as a Giant in “The Paris of the West,” Madison Bumgarner will become a finalist for the Cy Young Award next autumn.

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