San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner shutout the Colorado Rockies in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at AT&T Park.
The 25-year-old Bumgarner (15-9, 3.02 ERA) only yielded one hit and was perfect through eight innings.
Selected 10th overall in 2007, Bumgarner is 64-48 with a 3.07 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 batters to locate.
A stellar postseason performer, “Mad Bum” was surely lost not participating in America’s pastime last October.
San Francisco (70-62) sits five games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
However, an elite organization that has earned two championships this decade, the Giants would currently qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card.
As a unit, even with Matt Cain shelved, San Francisco remains dangerous behind the arms of Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy.
Pitching is especially paramount in the autumn and the Giants are blessed with a fleet of quality hurlers.
Individually, as an artist on the hill in “The Paris of the West,” expect Madison Bumgarner to annually compete for the Cy Young Award through 2020.by