Following a 16-11, 3.37 ERA campaign during the regular season, Madison Bumgarner has fallen apart in the playoffs, much to the surprise of many.
In two starts this postseason, the young lefty has lasted a total of just eight innings, surrendering 10 earned runs, including three homers, which adds up to an inflated 11.25 ERA and an 0-2 record.
It was extremely baffling to see the 23-year-old struggle against the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS, as Bumgarner threw a one-hit, complete-game gem against the Reds on June 28.
As FanGraphs writer Dave Cameron explains, Bumgarner's flat slider—which he's been throwing just as often as his fastball—has been one of the main reasons for his struggles.
For the long term, this shouldn't be anything the Giants organization needs to worry about. At just 23, Bumgarner has a lot left to learn and build upon. But if they're serious about making a run at a World Series trophy this season, they may want to start looking at other options in the rotation.