If you watched Game 1 of the NLCS, you saw an obvious problem with Madison Bumgarner: He was struggling to reach 90 mph and finally fell apart in the fourth inning. After throwing eight shutout innings against the Dodgers on Aug. 20 -- throwing a season-high 123 pitches in the process -- Bumgarner struggled down the stretch, with a 5.89 ERA over his final seven starts. Chris Quick of Bay City Ball examines Bumgarner's declining velocity and wonders if it's time to just shut him down.
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