2010 SF Giants – Madison Bumgarner Brings The Giants Within One Win Of A World Title

2010 SF Giants

After Sunday night’s masterpiece by Madison Bumgarner, the Giants now have three shots to win one, with two of those possible games being at home.

But if the Texas Rangers come back to tie it all up, they’ll have to beat a 21 year old kid who just threw one of the greatest World Series games ever for someone so young.

Here are some impressive facts about what Bumgarner did:

- Only Bullet Joe Bush, Jim Palmer, and Fernando Valenzuela were pitchers younger than Bumgarner who won a World Series game.

- Only Palmer threw as many as eight shutout innings like Bumgarner did. He shutout the Dodgers in game two of the 1966 World Series.

- No rookie starting pitcher younger than Bumgarner has ever thrown six or more shutout innings in a World Series game.

After getting shutdown twice in San Francisco, the Rangers were supposed to feel at home in Texas because of their more hitter-friendly park.

They beat Jonathan Sanchez, though only scored four runs in doing so and were shutout by Bumgarner and Brian Wilson who came in to pitch the 9th inning. It’s the fourth shutout by the Giants in the postseason.

Did the Giants really catch the Braves, Phillies, and Rangers slumping? Well, I’m sure some of the national media would like people to believe it. It helps whatever narrative they’re trying to push. But what those teams have run into is the freight train called the San Francisco Giants’ homegrown starting pitching.

Here’s where their fantastic four were drafted:

- Tim Lincecum was drafted with the 10th pick in the 2006 amateur draft.

- Matt Cain was drafted with the 25th pick of the 2002 amateur draft.

- Jonathan Sanchez was drafted in the 27th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

- Madison Bumgarner was drafted with the 10th pick in the 2007 amateur draft.

I’m sure there have been a myriad of trade offers for each pitcher, yet Brian Sabean has stayed pat. Offense be damned, the starting pitching was going to get them to the promise land.

On Halloween, Bruce Bochy started Nate Schierholtz and Travis Ishikawa, two late-inning defensive replacements who hadn’t started many regular season games, let alone any postseason games. Bochy sat struggling slugger Pat Burrell whose head is on a swivel when he swings the bat lately.

He ran out his late-inning defensive unit and it worked like a charm. The Rangers only had three hits all game long, but could’ve had more if not for stellar defense by the Giants. Freddy Sanchez was all over the place, diving and hopping after balls. Ishikawa saved one of Freddy’s errant throws on an early inning double play attempt. Cody Ross and Schierholtz made all the plays in the outfield that Burrell may have not made. In a sense, they decided to save runs even if they didn’t have a lineup that would score many.

On the offensive side, Aubrey Huff started it by hitting a “high drive” that disappeared into a tunnel in right field for a home run. Andres Torres drove home Edgar Renteria with a double over the head of Josh Hamilton. And Buster Posey hit a something-aided home run into center field. Off the bat, it looked like a pop-up, but it just kept going and going and going and when it stopped, it was over the fence.

In order to win the series in Texas, the Giants will have to beat Cliff Lee. The Tampa Rays beat Cliff Lee three times in the regular season this year. He went out and dominated them twice in the NLDS. No other team beat him more than once this season. The Giants have a chance to join the Rays and if they do, they’ll win their first World championship since 1954.

Tim Lincecum takes the ball for the Giants. I’m not sure the Giants would rather have anyone on the mound to win this game for them. Well, maybe except Madison Bumgarner.

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