After the Giants secured a trip to the World Series with a dramatic 6-3 win over the Cardinals this evening, left-hander Madison Bumgarner was named as the NLCS MVP.
Bumgarner tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory in Game 1 and allowed three runs over eight innings in Game 5 tonight. He kept the Giants in the game just long enough for Michael Morse to tie things up with a pinch-hit solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. Travis Ishikawa then launched a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth.
Bumgarner has a 1.42 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings across four starts this postseason. The Giants’ ace owns a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance during the postseason for his career.
The World Series doesn’t begin until next Tuesday, so Bumgarner should be on regular rest for Game 1 against the Royals.