By Jesse Wood
Caldwell-native and San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner will start against the New York Mets in the National League wild-card game tonight at Citi Field in New York City.
It’s October, so you have to assume Bumgarner will rise to the occasion as he did in 2010, 2012 and 2014, where he led the Giants to three World Series championships. His ERA in the World Series is a ridiculous 0.25 ERA.
Bumgarner has been so good in the post-season during his career that he’s already an October legend – and he’s just as good on the road as he is at home, if not better.
According to ESPN, Bumgarner has a 0.60 ERA in post-season road games, which is the best in Major League Baseball history for pitchers with a minimum of 25 innings thrown. The top 5 in that category includes legends Bob Gibson (0.97); Mariano Rivera (1.02); Sandy Koufas (1.04); and Lefty Grove (1.11). He’s also 7-0 in those games.
Nicknamed “Mad Bum,” he was the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. He attended South Caldwell High School in Hudson.
He was born in Hickory, which is where he lives with his wife on a farm in the offseason.
The game will air live on ESPN at 8 p.m.