The editors of Sports Illustrated have made their selection for the most outstanding athlete of 2014, and nodbody who watch the World Series will be surprised to hear it’s Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants.
The hyperbole has been flowing ever since Madison Bumgarner shut down the Kansas City Royals (again) to give the Giants their third World Series in five years, but nobody has gone so far as to compare him to an indestructible ‘Terminator 2′ cyborg villain, until now.
The World Series MVP not only scored his own Chevy truck and lifelong fame as the greatest post-season pitcher this year, he also received his very own, custom-made skivvies.
Doug Fister flipped the script from his last start in San Francisco during the 2012 World Series, tossing seven scoreless innings to help the Washington Nationals beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Reds 6-1 on Thursday afternoon, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in five years.
Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer leading off the fifth and Franklin Morales outdueled Madison Bumgarner, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday to avoid a sweep.
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, an All-Star last season, makes his first opening-day start for the Giants and Brandon McCarthy starts for the Diamondbacks.
Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Tuesday at spring training that Bumgarner would pitch March 31 at Arizona. This marks Bumgarner’s first opening day start. He was the only member of the San Francisco rotation with a winning record last season at 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 31 starts and 201 1-3 innings. He made his first NL All-Star team.
Coming off a deflating loss to the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to see signs that the defending World Series champions hadn’t packed it in.