Deception to perfection 

November, 1, 2010

Madison BumgarnerGetty ImagesMadison Bumgarner's cool appearance mirrored the manner in which he disposed of hitters.
Madison Bumgarner had just completed one of the greatest pitching performances by a rookie in World Series history, and the left-hander from Hickory, N.C., sounded as if he were talking about fixing a tractor part. We saw the anxiety and the adrenaline of the World Series overwhelm Derek Holland in Game 2, when Holland threw 13 pitches and 12 of them were outside the strike zone, and Holland's response to the big stage was probably typical.

What is atypical is for a 21-year-old to completely baffle one of the majors' best offensive teams, a continuing trend in this World Series. The Giants have 26 runs in this series, and the Rangers have 26 hits.

They had only three against Bumgarner.

Josh Hamilton explained after the game that when you face Bumgarner, you come to understand how well he hides the ball with his delivery. It's like hitting against a pitching machine because the ball suddenly comes at you without any real warning.