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Going into the 2014 MLB postseason, Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, was a forgotten name of aces vying for a World Series ring. Really, he wasn’t even the most-known pitcher on his own team. That honor belonged to Tim Lincecum, who has only thrown 1.2 innings these whole playoffs.
After his Game 5 performance, in which Bumgarner threw a complete game shutout, striking out eight and only giving up four hits en route to a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals, Bumgarner’s historical postseason performance is finally being noticed. The shutout was the first thrown since Johsh Beckett did the feat for the then Florida Marlins over the New York Yankees in 2003. Bumgarner’s shutout goes even further back in Giants history, becoming the first Giant to throw a shutout in the World Series in 52 years, when Jack Sanford did against the Yankees in 1962.
Adding insult to injury for the Yankees, perhaps the greatest single postseason showing was by Curt Schilling for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.
Curt Schilling’s 2001 Postseason: 6 Games Started, 48.1 Innings Pitched, 4-0, 56 Strikeouts, 6 Walks, 1.12 ERA
Madison Bumgarner’s 2014 Postseason: 6 Games Started, 47.2 Innings Pitched, 4-1, 41 strikeouts, 6 Walks, 1.13 ERA