The Good, The Bad & The Ugly for 2014 NLCS

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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.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner is awarded the NLCS MVP award after game five of the 2014 NLCS playoff against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park. The Giants won 6-3.

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.

Oct 16, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco

Travis Ishikawa is mobbed by his teammates at home after his walk-off three-run home run. Ed Szczepanski, USA TODAY Sports

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.

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