Is San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner a legitimate Cy Young candidate?

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Whiffing 11 batters over seven brilliant innings, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner led San Francisco to a 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Yielding only two earned runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts, the 24-year-old Bumgarner (11-6, 2.69 ERA) is one of the primary reasons San Francisco hasn’t become one of baseball’s laughingstocks.

With Barry ZitoRyan VogelsongMatt Cain and Tim Lincecum taking turns sodomizing the canine, the underachieving Giants (49-59) sit 10 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

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