The MLB offseason has been undeniably boring these past couple of seasons. It seems like the Andrew Friedman disease of doing nothing to add to your roster in the winter has caught on to the rest of MLB like a plague. Perhaps Friedman didn’t invent this style of do-nothing approach to roster building but it’s certainly caught on like instagram. The Dodgers after suffering another embarrassing playoff exit must take a look at how they can improve their roster to finally win a World Series championship. In order to do this they are going to have to add some proven postseason performers. These are guys that don’t just play well in the regular season and disappear in October, but guys that consistently perform on the big stage of October baseball.
For the record the Dodgers have very few of these players. Surely Justin Turner and Walker Buehler come to mind, but few others if any. The Dodgers desperately need players who are great postseason performers. This is why they should possibly look at signing Madison Bumgarner.
I know this is going to be an incredibly unpopular opinion. It’s hard for me to get my mind around the idea of seeing Bumgarner, one of our most loathed enemies wearing Dodger blue. But look, the guy is one of the greatest postseason pitchers of this generation and if he can help the Dodgers win a championship then maybe we should just put all that past stuff to bed and move forward.
Despite Bumgarner’s age (30 years old) he was able to pitch over 200 innings in 2019 and still posted respectable numbers. (9-9 3.90/3.90 203K/43BB 8.8 K/9 1.8 BB/9 1.1 WHIP) He’s become homer prone (30 hrs allowed) but so has most of the majors these days. But here’s why the Dodgers should take a look at him, he has an 8-3 career postseason record and a 2.11 ERA. This includes three complete game shutouts. (This is gross)
In the World Series he has a 4-0 record and a 0.25 ERA. He’s given up just one earned run on 14 hits in 36 innings in the fall classic. That’s why he was a World Series MVP. Even in the last time him and the Giants reached the postseason in 2016, he pitched another complete game shutout in the wild card game and has even pitched out of the bullpen as well back in game 7 of the 2014 World Series.
Look I don’t like Bumgarner anymore than you do. The thought is kind of sickening. However the Dodgers need guys who can play in October and I really want to win a World Series. Bumgarner is one of the best in the playoffs and wouldn’t be a bad back of the rotation guy as well. This means we would have to let all that other stuff go. We would have to let go of all the Yasiel Puig confrontations, the “go get it out of the ocean” incident with Max Muncy, and all the rest of Bumgarner’s crap. It’s a small price to pay if you want to win a World Series and Bumgarner could help the Dodgers do this. Now excuse me while I go shower.