Madison Bumgarner keeps coming like Antoine Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. You may prolong the inevitable, but if it’s the MLB Playoffs, he’s going to get you like your name was Woody Harrelson. It’s just a matter of time. “You know how this is going to turn out, don’t you?”
He doesn’t care about your “pitch counts”. If it takes 100 pitches, he’s got it. If it takes 200 pitches, fine. He pitched the final four innings to close out Game 7 of the 2014 World Series against the Royals, 2 days after tossing a 117 pitch complete game shutout. In an era of 6 inning starts and Tommy John surgeries, Bumgarner is a unicorn.
Last night, in the one-game Wild Card Playoff, play-in game against the Mets, he added to his legendary playoff resume with a 3-0, 119 pitch, 4-hit, complete game shutout.
Through 8 innings last night, Mets’ 100 MPH fireballer Noah Syndergaard was Mad Bum’s equal, but was pulled heading into the top of the 9th, with the game deadlocked in a scoreless tie.
In the top of the 9th, Giants’ journeyman infielder Connor Gillaspie launched a 3-run homer to give the Giants the lead.
So, who would Giants’ Manager Bruce Bochy send out to the mound to close out the game? It wasn’t a tough call. You give it to the guy who hasn’t allowed a run in his last 23 postseason innings. Bumgarner grabbed the pill and closed out the game without so much as a slightly elevated heartbeat. The Mets never had a chance.
In the locker room after the game, Bumgarner engaged in his traditional postseason victory celebration, and pounded a 6-pack of brews simultaneously. Just another day at the office.
The Giants advance to face the Cubs in the NLDS. It’s unknown if Bumgarner will pitch all 5 games.
Three shutouts in 13 starts. 1.94 ERA in 97.1 IP.
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