Madison Bumgarner surprised many as the Opening Day starter for the MLB-best San Francisco Giants. By now, the surprise should be wearing off. In his fourth full season as a Giants starter, the 24 year old seems to only be getting better.
Thanks to Sunday’s 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, Bumgarner continued his unbeaten streak that goes back to May 4th. He’ll have one more start to see if he can complete the month without a charged loss.
As the Giants continue to tear up the league with a 32-18 record, Bumgarner has lead the charge with a 2.88 ERA in May. He was especially dominant this past Sunday against Minnesota, allowing only three hits — all singles — while effectively shutting down the weak Minnesota offense so the Giants could run away with an easy win.
That’s been the MO for San Francisco pitching for some time. The team sports multiple former Cy Young winners, yet they always seem to find someone new to carry the mantle when other guys slow down.
First, it was Tim Lincecum. Then, it was Matt Cain.
Now, it appears that Madison Bumgarner has arrived on the big stage and stands poised to lead the Giants in their efforts to secure a mind-boggling third World Series title since 2010.
Bumgarner is schedule for one more start in May.
If all goes according to plan, he’ll face the St. Louis Cardinals on May 30th. If he can get the decision in that game, he can start looking to June to continue this excellent pitching streak.