Calm, Cool and Collected

Giants' pitcher Madison Bumgarner (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Madison Bumgarner is going to be a star.

If you followed baseball closely, you already knew that. Bumgarner is a 20-year old kid from Hickory, North Carolina, but he showed poise well beyond his years in last night’s Game 4 gem against the Texas Rangers.

The Giants’ rookie pitched eight shutout innings, while striking out six and allowing only three hits in the Giants’ 4-0 victory. In his very short career, he is now 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched. He’s also striking out nearly a batter per inning with 18 whiffs. At 6’4″, 215 pounds, Bumgarner has perplexed hitters with his across the body throwing motion.

In just three minor league seasons, Bumgarner compiled a 34-6 record with a 2.00 ERA in 355.2 innings pitched. Quite impressive. The Giants will be a playoff threat for years to come with a pitching staff of Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Bumgarner. It won’t garner comparisons to the Atlanta Braves big three quite yet, but they are on their way.

The Giants are now in prime position to win the franchise’s first World Series. 53 years. That’s how long the Giants have been in San Francisco. The former New York Giants won five World Championships before moving to California in 1957. The move at the time ended the golden era of baseball in New York. The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants both made the decision to move west and take up their respective locations that still hold true today.

The Giants have not been to the World Series since 2002 where they lost to the Anaheim Angels in seven games. Before then, it was 1989 and 1962. Since relocating downtown to their beautiful new ballpark in 2000, the Giants have made nearly as many playoff appearances (4) as they had in 42 years of baseball before (5).

This years San Francisco Giants features a young pitching staff, great defense and an outstanding bullpen led by colorful closer, Brian Wilson.This team is once again proving that solid defense (great in their case) and good pitching will beat good bats nearly every time.

At the heart of the Giants pitching staff is Tim Lincecum, who takes the mound tonight in what could be a historic World Series game should San Francisco win. The Rangers will be sure to put up a fight as they send their ace, Cliff Lee, to the mound in return.

First pitch is set for 6:57 pm CST.

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