Why Did Madison Bumgarner Get The Save And Not The Win?

Caveat: this couldn't possibly matter less. It's a footnote to a footnote. The win is the most arbitrary and least informative stat in baseball, rivaled only by the save. But the decision to grant Madison Bumgarner a win, and then to reverse course nearly an hour after the final out, is worth examining if just because… » 10/30/14 3:07pm Yesterday 3:07pm

Salvador Perez Never Stood A Chance Against Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner ended the World Series by throwing six straight high fastballs to Salvador Perez, the majority of which were up around Perez's eyeballs. It was the perfect matchup for the series to end on: a guy who works his fastball high in the zone better than any pitcher in the league coming right after a… » 10/30/14 10:59am Yesterday 10:59am

Madison Bumgarner Is Tired Now

The greatest moments in baseball tend to possess an element of surprise, deciding a game or flipping a narrative on a single play and in a matter of seconds. The adrenaline spike from a home run or a stellar defensive play is memorable for being unexpected, but the drawback is that you can't, in the moment, realize it… » 10/30/14 9:45am Yesterday 9:45am

Madison Bumgarner's World Series MVP Presentation Got Super Awkward

Chevrolet executive Rikk Wilde was tasked with awarding Madison Bumgarner the World Series MVP award, and it was a struggle. "It combines class-winning and -leading, um, you know technology and stuff," Rikk says breathlessly of the truck being awarded to Bumgarner. Poor Rikk and his notecards made Bud Selig look like… » 10/30/14 12:15am Yesterday 12:15am

No, Alex Gordon Could Not Have Scored On The Misplayed Ball

Alex Gordon's ninth-inning, two-out single left Kansas City with the tying run 90 feet from home plate thanks to Gregor Blanco's colossal misplay in the outfield. Some, however, have begun the hand-wringing that maybe Gordon could have scored, had he sprinted the entire way and been sent from third. We're here to put… » 10/30/14 12:04am Yesterday 12:04am

Giants Win World Series With Five-Inning Bumgarner Relief Performance

The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years thanks to Madison Bumgarner's brilliant five-inning relief performance—one that required him to strand a man on third thanks to some lousy outfield defense in the bottom of the ninth. Here's how the final out sounded; above is Pablo Alsina on Fox… » 10/29/14 11:28pm Wednesday 11:28pm

All Of Madison Bumgarner's Game 5 Strikeout Pitches, At The Same Time

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner's line last night was filthy, and in the course of earning the complete game he picked up eight strikeouts while walking zero. Here is a video featuring a composite of all eight of those strikeout pitches, similar to what we did with Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter. » 10/27/14 11:59am Monday 11:59am