Madison Bumgarner threw his fastest pitch since 2010

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The idea of Madison Bumgarner getting even better–or at least throwing harder–is a scary one, but that’s exactly what happened Monday night.

According to Pitchf/x (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News) the Giants left-hander and World Series MVP hit 95.1 miles per hour on the radar gun with a fifth-inning fastball to Jedd Gyorko for his fastest pitch since 2010 when he was a 20-year-old rookie.

Oh, and Bumgarner also took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7.1 innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Padres, striking out six and walking one.

Bumgarner had a rough second outing of the season on April 11 versus that same Padres team, but if you take that one start out of the mix he’s 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. Ho hum.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.