Just in case you've hibernated for the past two years, let me update you on the Giants' pitching.
Jonathan Sanchez is no longer a Giant. Ryan Vogelsong has stepped in and pitched very well. Barry Zito is playing well. Brian Wilson has a beard, Sergio Romo does too, and Javier Lopez was traded to the Giants and he has played very well.
Oh, and there's also this other guy named Madison Bumgarner, and he's pretty good.
Bumgarner stepped in during June 2010, and he played well throughout the regular season. He was good enough to earn a starting spot in the playoffs, where he went 2-0 and pitched in four games (all won by the Giants).
In 2011, he was great, and in 2012, he's played well too. Although he is only 6-4, his ERA is just above 3.00, and he has anchored San Francisco's staff. With San Francisco's offense improving, so should Bumgarner's stats.
Bumgarner isn't even in his prime yet, which is a scary thought for opposing hitters. He has great stuff, and he is developing into one of the game's best pitchers. However, I think he's already in that class.
Here are four reasons why Bumgarner is one of the MLB's best pitchers.