October 30, 2014


Some random facts about Madison Bumgarner's extraordinary postseason:
                      IP    H   R  BB   K
1001 NLWC    at PIT   9     4   0   1  10
1006 NLDS 3  vs WAS   7     6   3   1   6
1011 NLCS 1  at STL   7.2   4   0   1   7
1016 NLCS 5  vs STL   8     5   3   2   5   NLCS MVP
1021 WS 1    at KCR   7     3   1   1   5
1026 WS 5    vs KCR   9     4   0   0   8
1029 WS 7    at KCR   5     2   0   0   4   WS MVP
         7 games     52.2  28   7   6  45
Bumgarner is the second pitcher to toss a shutout and have a relief appearance of five or more scoreless innings in a single World Series. The first to do so was the Indians' Duster Mails in the 1920 World Series against the Dodgers. Mails pitched 6.2 scoreless innings of relief in Game Three; he then earned the win and allowed just three hits in a shutout in Game Six to give Cleveland a four games-to-two advantage in that best-of-nine series. ...

Bumgarner is the second pitcher with five or more scoreless innings of relief in a winner-take-all World Series game. The first was the Yankees' Joe Page in Game Seven of the 1947 World Series versus the Dodgers, earning the win and allowing one hit in a five-inning outing.

Bumgarner retired 14 consecutive Royals batters at one point in his relief appearance on Wednesday night. He is the fifth pitcher to have a streak of that length in a winner-take-all World Series game, joining the Diamondbacks' Curt Schilling (16 straight batters retired in 2001 vs. Yankees), the Yankees' Ralph Terry (17 in 1962 vs. Giants), the Cardinals' Murry Dickson (14 in 1946 vs. Red Sox), and George Earnshaw of the Athletics (15 in 1931 vs. Cardinals).
Jayson Stark, ESPN:
His career World Series ERA was down to 0.25, the lowest by any pitcher in history with at least 25 innings pitched. His ERA in this postseason, over a record 52.2 innings, had shrunk to 1.01, the best of any pitcher with 40 or more innings in any postseason.

His five-inning save was four outs longer than any save in World Series history.
2 Wins, 20 IP, Sub-0.50 ERA In A World Series
Christy Mathewson    1905 Giants
Waite Hoyt           1921 Yankees
Carl Hubbell         1933 Giants
Harry Brecheen       1946 Cardinals
Sandy Koufax         1965 Dodgers
Madison Bumgarner    2014 Giants
2 Starts and 3+ Innings of Relief in a World Series
Cy Young             1903 Americans
George Mullins       1909 Tigers
Madison Bumgarner    2014 Giants
ESPN's David Schoenfield asks if Bumgarner's performances in Games 1-5-7 was the greatest by a pitcher in World Series history? ... SI's Cliff Corcoran includes Bumgarner in his list of top five World Series pitching performances.

Bumgarner's World Series resume (he turned 25 in August):
4-0, 0.25 ERA, 1 save. 36 innings, 14 hits, 1 run, five walks, and 31 strikeouts. 0.528 WHIP.


Zenslinger said...

Isn't it odd that he was awarded a save for last night's game (5 IP)? Isn't there a rule that the scorer can give someone the win if he thinks he did most of the work?

allan said...

He did originally have the win, but it was up to the scorer's discretion and he changed it to a save, and gave the win to Affeldt.

Rick said...

Actually, there was no discretion. The discretion rule only kicks in if Affeldt was "ineffective." Check out the Twitter feed of @Wilnerness590, who explained it all last night.

That being said, I was at Game 5, and it was masterful. Win, save, draw, it was incredible.

9casey said...

Bumgarner was great there is no doubt about that. But for him to be great every thing has to fall into place. The rest of their starting staff was shotty at best. Imagine a 2004 Pedro on a staff that was average or team slightly above average. I am not trying to take away anything from Bumgarner , but how many great pitchers in our generation would have done the same thing against that Royal team, given the exact opportunity ?

Zenslinger said...

9casey: How many great pitchers would have done the same thing on two days rest? Probably not Pedro.

Zenslinger said...

Good explanation, as Rick mentioned. Congratulations on being at Game 5!


laura k said...

how many great pitchers in our generation would have done the same thing against that Royal team, given the exact opportunity ?

I don't get it. You're saying the Royals weren't that good a team? They made it to a WS Game 7 and lost by one run.

Or you're saying something else that I don't get.

laura k said...

And if the rest of the Giants pitching staff is shoddy, then all the more credit goes to Bumgarner, not less. It would mean he carried them even more.

I'm thinking of the one-two punch of Randy Johnson and Schilling in 2001, for example. If you have only one great pitcher, that pitcher has to be even greater.

Now tell me what I am not understanding about your comment. :)

9casey said...

L, I miss these! What I think I was trying to say was that. Bumgarner was great there is no doubting that . I was just saying things had to line up perfectly for him to even have that shot. And the way the Giants were built it was Bumgarner or no championship. How many teams in the ninth don't bring in the closer? Maybe just the Giants. If that was last year and say Lester was in the same spot and dealing right to the ninth , Farrel most likely would bring in Koji! Bumgarner is probably the most deserving MVP of a World Series ever. Without him they had no chance. And in my opinion the Royals got to a game 7 because of the Giants other pitching. Somewhere along the way they had to beat Bumgarner and they couldn't do it. Like the Red Sox in 04 we had to beat Mariano and we did.

I wasn't trying to take anything away from him. Just pointing out it
Lined up perfect for him to be the hero and he stepped up.