The Mets will have to face one of the greatest postseason pitchers in recent baseball history on Wednesday when Madison Bumgarner takes the mound at Citi Field. Here are a few of the best performances of his playoff career.
5. 2012 World Series Game 2
Win, 7 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts, 2 walks
The Giants made quick work of the Tigers with a sweep in the 2012 World Series. San Francisco had won Game 1, holding off a way-too-late ninth-inning rally by the Tigers. When they came back the next evening, Bumgarner put any comeback hopes to bed for Detroit, allowing just two hits over seven innings of work as the Tigers wouldn’t score another run until the third inning of Game 4. His eight strikeouts were a new postseason high at that point in his career.
4. 2010 World Series Game 4
Win, 8 IP, 0 runs, 3 hits, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks
After a Rangers win in Game 3 made it a 2-1 series, Bumgarner took the mound in a pivotal Game 4 in Texas. At just 21, Bumgarner became the fifth youngest pitcher to start a World Series game, and he did it in style with a three-hit performance in eight innings. The win gave the Giants a 3-1 series lead, one the Rangers couldn’t overcome.
3. 2014 World Series Game 5
Win, 9 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts, 0 walks
Bumgarner opened the 2014 World Series with a seven-inning, one-run gem to give the Giants a lead over the Royals, but he managed to one-up himself a few days later. With the series tied at two games apiece and a trip to Kansas City looming, Bumgarner dominated in a 5-0 win. He faced just 31 batters to record all 27 outs, bringing the Giants a win away from another world championship.
2. 2014 NL wild-card game
Win, 9 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 10 strikeouts, 1 walk
The wild-card game presents a perfect opportunity for a team with a true ace in its back pocket, and Bumgarner fits that profile. In his first wild-card showdown, Bumgarner took the hill against the Pirates and didn’t let them breathe. In his first time through the lineup, Bumgarner allowed only one hit. After the Giants put up four runs in the fourth on a Brandon Crawford grand slam, Bumgarner continued to cruise, needing just 33 batters to get 27 outs in a complete-game shutout.
1. 2014 World Series Game 7
Save, 5 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks
Despite being the ace in San Francisco’s starting rotation, Bumgarner’s most memorable performance came in a relief appearance. With just two days rest since his Game 5 masterpiece, Bumgarner took the hill in Kansas City in the fifth inning of Game 7 in relief of Tim Hudson and Jeremy Affeldt. In an incredibly high-pressure situation, Bumgarner mowed through the Royals’ lineup to earn a 15-out save and clinch the Giants’ third title in five years.
Madison Bumgarner’s career postseason stats
Games: 14 (12 starts)
Record: 8-3, 1 save
Innings: 88 1/3
Runs/earned runs: 22/21