Yielding only two earned runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts, the 24-year-old Bumgarner (11-6, 2.69 ERA) is a primary reason San Francisco hasn’t become one of baseball’s laughingstocks.
With Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum taking turns sodomizing the canine, the underachieving Giants (49-59) sit 10 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
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” should begin concentrating on personal achievements.
Selected 10th overall in 2007, Bumgarner is now 47-36 with a 3.09 ERA since debuting with San Francisco on September 8, 2009.
A true artist on the hill, the extremely athletic Madison Bumgarner has emerged as a Giant in “The Paris of the West.”by