Madison Bumgarner did it again. The Giants ace delivered yet another masterful postseason performance, blanking the Mets 3-0 at Citi Field on Wednesday. He had six strikeouts and allowed just four hits in the 119-pitch masterpiece.
Are we running out of words to describe Bumgarner’s postseason greatness?
“Probably, yeah, we’re at that point. Ridiculous is the first one that comes to mind, but it seems like we’ve already used that so many times,” CBS Sports MLB analyst Matt Snyder said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It’s just all the time. We probably have never seen anybody at least start their postseason career like this ever before. Last time, it was the best single-season postseason performance in baseball history, eclipsing Curt Schilling. That’s a big, big deal and he goes out and throws another shutout tonight. What more can you say? I know he’s going up against the Cubs, who are awesome, and Jake Arrieta in Game 3, but it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that the Giants are going to win that game.”
Ironically enough, the Mets lost with their closer, Jeurys Familia, on the mound – one night after Buck Showalter was roundly criticized for leaving closer Zach Britton in the bullpen. Familia served up a three-run homer to Conor Gillaspie in the ninth.
“The only thing I would say is (Terry) Collins still did the right thing and Showalter still did the wrong thing,” Snyder said. “The result doesn’t always bear out the right decision. It’s like hitting on a 19 in blackjack and getting a 2. Just because you hit a 21 doesn’t mean you made the right move. You stand on a 19. You want to lose with your best, not Ubaldo Jimenez. If you’re going to lose, it’s got to be Britton on the hill. If you’re going to go down, you’re going to go down with Familia. You don’t go down saving Familia and saving all your bulls in the bullpen.”
As it stands, we’ve got Giants/Cubs and Dodgers/Nationals in the NL and Red Sox/Indians and Blue Jays/Rangers in the AL. We’ve got some great potential World Series match-ups.
But what would be the best one?
“The Cubs being there alone would cause a ton of casual viewers to tune in,” Snyder said. “As long as they know anything at all about baseball and they know anything at all about the Cubs and the 1908 thing, I think that would be the biggest draw. But what if it’s Cubs/Red Sox? You know how long the Red Sox drought was before they broke it. It’s Wrigley Field, it’s Fenway Park. The Theo Epstein thing – he went for the Red Sox and then he built the Cubs. Jon Lester, John Lackey and David Ross were all on the 2013 Red Sox, who won the World Series. Now they’re with the Cubs. And, oh, by the way, it’s David Ortiz’s last season. So that would be an unbelievable series. Cubs and Indians would also be pretty good because the Indians have not won it since 1948. I know it’s 40 years later than the Cubs, but 1948 is a long time too. So if you talk about Theo Epstein, you’ve got the Terry Francona angle because he was with him in Boston. So those are the two that stick out to me. But if you want to take the Cubs out of it, Dodgers/Red Sox is a good one. Those are two pretty iconic franchises and they actually have not met in the World Series since 1916.”