Oct. 25, 2012. Caldwell-native Madison Bumgarner, who was born in Hickory in 1989, is the starting pitcher for San Francisco Giants in tonight’s Game 2 of the World Series and hopes to turn around his lackluster play so far in this postseason.
Nicknamed “Mad Bum,” he was the tenth overall pick in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. He attended South Caldwell High School in Hudson and committed to University of North Carolina to play college ball, yet elected to go pro.
Like the previous two seasons, he has had a very productive regular season in which he started 32 games with a 3.37 ERA. This post season, however, has been a different story.
He was dropped from the rotation during the beginning of the playoffs after a couple less-than-stellar outings where he had a 11.25 ERA – allowing 10 runs on eight innings pitched.
ESPN.com reported that he “has corrected a mechanical issue in his delivery and manager Bruce Bochy is willing to give the lefty another shot in the rotation.”
The Giants play the Detroit Tigers at 8:00 p.m. tonight.