Madison Bumgarner spearheaded the Giants’ 8-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The 24-year-old Bumgarner (6-3, 3.15 ERA) yielded only one run and fanned 10 over seven brilliant innings on the mound.
“Madison was Madison,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “He had his normal stuff and pitched great.”
Primarily because Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum took turns sodomizing the canine, the 2013 Giants badly underachieved and were eliminated from the playoffs in early September.
Without Bumgarner, San Francisco would have been one of baseball’s laughingstocks.
Selected 10th overall in 2007, Bumgarner is 55-42 with a 3.09 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” was surely lost not participating in America’s pastime last October.
Fortunately, an elite organization that has earned two championships this decade, the Giants (32-18) have returned to prominence and sit atop the National League West.
Provided Madison continues to look “great,” San Francisco will qualify for the postseason this autumn.
Individually, as an artist on the hill in “The Paris of the West,” expect Madison Bumgarner to amass plenty of votes for the Cy Young Award in November.