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San Francisco Giants: Selecting the 2010s All-Decade Team

Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 23: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park on July 23, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

No. 1 Starter: LHP Madison Bumgarner (2010-19)

Stats: 119-92, 3.14 ERA (120 ERA+), 1.11 WHIP, 1,784 K, 1,836 IP, 32.2 WAR

Madison Bumgarner made his MLB debut shortly after his 20th birthday, flying through the minor league ranks after going No. 10 overall in the 2007 MLB draft.

At 21, he threw eight shutout innings of three-hit ball in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series, the first of many memorable postseason performances.

From 2011-16, he was one of baseball’s best pitchers, posting a 3.00 ERA and 1.08 WHIP while averaging 214 strikeouts and 213 innings. He was an All-Star four times during that stretch and finished in the top 10 in NL Cy Young voting four times as well.

If he decides to sign elsewhere this winter, his enduring legacy will be his postseason brilliance, which includes a 2.11 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 102.1 career innings. He won NLCS and World Series MVP during a masterful 2014 playoff run that was capped off with a five-inning save in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

There was no easier pick than penciling MadBum in as the ace of the All-Decade staff.

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