San Francisco Giants: The 16 Best Moments of 2016
No. 12: Madison Bumgarner‘s 100th Win
Madison Bumgarner is easily one of the best Giants pitchers in Franchise history. Despite multiple Cy Young Winners, none have had as much success in the postseason -in fact no pitcher in history- than MadBum.
Madison Bumgarner has been a full-time member of the Giants Rotation since 2011. To get to 100 wins by 2016 is pretty impressive. Bumgarner would have to have averaged 20 wins over those five seasons. Granted he had a decent amount of wins racked up in 2010 (7). Anyways, 93 wins in 6 seasons is pretty darn good. An average of 15 wins a season over that stretch to get to 100.
His final win of 2016 came against the Dodgers, in fantastic fashion. The Giants walloped the Dodgers 9-3, and Bumgarner was pretty good on the mound. It wasn’t one of his patented 10k game, but Bumgarner was good enough to limit damage and keep the Dodgers quiet after the first inning. Bumgarner was 27 years old, and only three days older than Clayton Kershaw was when he won his 100th game.
Bumgarner can leapfrog up the board of wins as a Giant next season. With just 9 wins, Bumgarner would move into 3rd place all time in Giants history, behind Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal. Bumgarner would need to keep his win pace going until he turned 39 to eclispse Marichal’s number, but a few above average win totals from him could get the job done. Regardless, Bumgarner will be held in regards as one of the best, if not THE best pitcher in Giants’ history.