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Another edition of the Good, Bad & the Ugly, this one is for the NLCS, in which the San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1. Thanks to the USA Today & ESPN for help in this article.
The Good: Giants Starting Pitcher Madison Bumgarner- Bumgarner tossed eight solid innings in Thursday nights Game 5 and took home MVP honors after the Giants rallied for a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Travis Ishikawa’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. In two games Bumgarner was 2-0, with a 1.72 ERA, 12 Strikeouts, 0.77 WHIP.
The big left-handed ace also pitched a shutout in a Game 1 win at St. Louis, getting the Giants off to a fast start in a best-of-seven series they won 4-1. Now, they’re headed to the World Series for the third time in five years, looking to add to the championships they captured in 2010 and 2012.
The Good#2: Giants Key Hits vs. the Cardinals- The Giants got the Cardinals with big clutch hits, like Michael Morse’s game tying home-run in Game five & then Travis Ishikawa ends the NLCS with a 3 run shot in the 9th, both in Game 5 alone. The Giants got the clutch hits while the Giants pitching shut the Cardinals down.
The Bad: Cardinals Pitching overall vs. the Giants- The Giants gave the Cardinals Bullpen the blues, 4.57 ERA in total, but mainly their bullpen had a over 7.00 ERA. Just Bad
The Ugly: Randy Choate: Choate pitched in 4 of the 5 games in the NLCS & he did not have a bad, but an ugly one. In one inning pitched in these four games, Choate went 0-1, with a 9.00 ERA, 3 walks, 4.00 WHIP. That is just Ugly.