Friday, June 17, 2016
The Warriors Need to Discover Their Jeremy Affeldt and Madison Bumgarner
Heading into the 6th game of the 2014 World Series, the San Francisco Giants held a 3-2 game lead over the Kansas City Royals, but the Royals hammered Giants' starter Jake Peavy for 5 runs in less than two innings en route to a 10-0 blowout to force a Game 7. Things didn't look good for the Giants because of their old and injury-riddled pitching staff and the fact that their ace, Madison Bumgarner, had pitched only two days before. However, although Giants' starting pitcher Tim Hudson didn't make it out of the second inning, pitchers Jeremy Affeldt (2 1/3 innings) and Madison Bumgarner (5 innings), put the Giants on their back and carried them to a 3-2 win and their 3rd World Series championship in 5 years.
Needless to say, after a Game 6 thrashing at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors need to discover their Affeldt and Bumgarner. They need two or three players to step up and put the rest of the team on their back. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are the obvious choices, but it could be someone else. It doesn't really matter who. All that matters is that it happens. Otherwise, it could be a long offseason of wondering what could have been.