Back on the eve of baseball season, I made a prediction that I essentially knew had little chance of coming to fruition.
Every year, I make a bunch of baseball picks, and in 2014, I selected Madison Bumgarner as my NL Cy Young winner.
I feel like I got earlier exposure to the San Francisco lefty than some others because he was a vital part of the Giants defeating the Phillies in the 2010 NLCS. I liked his peripherals and always thought he had a breakout year coming.
Plus, it was just more fun than the stereotypical Clayton Kershaw or Adam Wainwright pick. Everyone who makes predictions gets a safe one when they choose Mike Trout for AL MVP but after that, you need to have some fun.
Bumgarner won’t win it, but he should solicit some votes, and he showed last night why he could one day challenge Kershaw for it, tossing a one-hit complete game gem against the Rockies and carrying a perfect game into the eighth inning.
Justin Morneau, who currently stands between Ben Revere and a batting title, ruined the party with six outs to go when he laced a double off the right field wall.
No worries though. Bumgarner promptly recovered, striking out four of the final six Rockies batters. Some will point out that the Rockies have the second worst record in the league, but they also have the second highest run total in all of baseball.
The Giants’ lefty entered last night 22nd in pitching WAR with a solid 3.0. He has a 3.02 ERA backed up by a 3.00 FIP. His strikeout rate per nine innings is 9.15, and he is now tied for the league lead in wins with 15 (whatever that means).
Even though I will ultimately be wrong, thanks for making me look smart for a night. You also may have put my on the bubble fantasy team in the playoffs, so high five.
Do your thing, Mad Bum. Maybe someday, maybe someday.