Bumgarner adds to his October legend

with another Wild Card shutout.

Madison may not be the equal of Clayton Kershaw during the regular season, but when the leaves start to turn, and World Champions are anointed, Bumgarner can stand with the best of them.

Among the great postseason games, if you use Game Score as a criteria,  and search for postseason games with a game score >= 80 you find these results.

Bob Gibson had six in just nine starts,  with his last coming at age 32. Christy Mathewson had four in eleven starts.  Cliff Lee had four in eleven starts. And now Bumgarner with four in thirteen starts.  Pretty hard to beat the percentage that Gibby has.

[Pitching Game Score Metric:

GmSc – Game Score – This is a value created by Bill James that evaluates how good a pitcher’s start was.

Start with 50 points. Add 1 point for each out recorded, (or 3 points per inning). Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th. Add 1 point for each strikeout. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed. Subtract 1 point for each walk.

For some reason, Dodger fans like to poo poo the accomplishments of Madison Bumgarner in October. Their main rivals ace, continues to show why he’s considered one of the greatest postseason pitchers in baseball history and is a big  (biggest?) reason why the Giants have three rings.

I wish that was hyperbole but unfortunately, it isn’t. With his second shutout in a wild card game, he has now thrown twenty-two straight scoreless innings in win or go home games.

Add to that his three world series starts where he gave up zero runs, and his overall record in October and you simply shake your head at what Bumgarner has accomplished. Bumgarner now has four game scores above 80 in October. In thirteen starts he has seven game scores 70 or better.

His 2010 shutout of the Rangers in the World Series gave the Giants a commanding 3 games to 1 lead. In 2012 he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Tigers in game two and wasn’t needed to pitch game five because the Giants swept them. We already know what he did in 2014.   His 2014 run is considered one of the greatest postseason runs of all time. Given he had run the gamut of Wild Card / NLDS / NLCS / World Series I agree with those who think it was.

 

The Giants have now won nine straight postseason series.

He has now started 2016 just as he started 2014. I hope it does not end the same way.

 

 

 

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