Giants' Madison Bumgarner Sets Slew of Postseason Records

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffOctober 30, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants acknowledges the crowd 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 Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner almost set too many records to count during his epic postseason run, which ended with a five-inning save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.

For starters, his save was the first of five or more innings in postseason history and only the 12th of its kind since the statistic was first kept in 1969, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Bumgarner is the first player to record two wins, a shutout and a save in a single World Series, which doesn't exactly come as a surprise.

He finished the series allowing just one run over 21 innings, good for a 0.43 ERA that's the lowest in a single World Series (minimum 15 innings) since Los Angeles Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax posted a 0.38 mark over 24 innings against the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 World Series, according to MLB Stat of the Day.

Having also dominated in his two previous appearances (2010 and 2012) on the game's biggest stage, Bumgarner now owns a 0.25 career ERA through 36 innings in the World Series, making him the all-time leader among all pitchers who have thrown 25 or more innings, per MLB Stat of the Day.

As for records spanning an entire playoff run, Bumgarner set the all-time mark for innings pitched in a single postseason, with his 52.2 surpassing Curt Schilling's 48.1 from 2001, according to MLB Stat of the Day.

Of course, Koufax and quite a few other pitchers likely would have gone well above 50 if not for the fact that the League Championship Series was only implemented in 1969, with the League Division Series added in 1981.

Still, Bumgarner's 2014 postseason was likely the finest by any pitcher since the advent of a division series and has a solid argument to be considered the best of all time.

His 1.03 ERA was the third-lowest ever for a single postseason among pitchers who threw 30 or more innings, per ESPN Stats & Info. Only Burt Hooton (0.82 in 1981) and John Smoltz (0.95 in 1996) have done better, and Hooton only tossed 33 innings, while Smoltz's Braves lost the '96 World Series to the New York Yankees in six games.


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