Published on November 12, 2012 | by Randy Brenzen0
Giants trounce Tigers to win seventh World Series crown
The San Francisco Giants have done what many thought was the impossible. They swept aside the American League champion Detroit Tigers four games to none to clinch their seventh World Series Title and second in the past three seasons.
The Giants were superior to the Tigers in every aspect of the game. Their starting pitching was brilliant, even more so than the Tigers whose rotation boasted the likes of reigning A.L. Cy Young winner Justin Verlander and fireballer Max Scherzer. The deadly foursome of Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain shut down the powerful Detroit batters in all four games, the only hiccup being the two run homerun by Tigers best hitter and A.L. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in Game Four off of Cain.
Yes the Giants starting pitching outplayed their Tigers counterparts, but the Detroit starters did not have bad outings. It’s just that the Giants bullpen was so much better than the Tigers‘ was and that ultimately proved too much. San Francisco had the luxury of using former National League Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum out of the bullpen.
Lincecum, a starter throughout the regular season was lights out in the World Series when coming into the game in relief. The Loki (from Avengers) look-alike pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless baseball striking out eight while allowing just one base runner, a walk to Austin Jackson in the seventh inning of Game Three. We may not have got to see how Jose Valverde would have pitched if the Tigers had a save situation but we did, however, get to see how Sergio Romo would handle the biggest stage of a closers career. Romo worked three perfect final innings, one each in games two, three and four. Romo actually got better as the World Series progressed, striking out the side in the tenth inning, including getting Cabrera looking, to clinch the World Series for his Giants.
The big stories offensively were the clutch hitting and all out dominance of the player with the best nickname in the Majors and the lack of hits from Detroit’s big bats. Pablo Sandoval, known around the league as the Kung Fu Panda, erupted for three homeruns in the opening game of the Series (as well as a single), including two off of Verlander to put the game out of reach. The Panda then continued to hit the ball all over the place, picking up four more hits through the next three games to lead the Giants with a .500 batting average (eight hits in 16 at-bats). Sandoval was named the World Series MVP (that’s Most Valuable Player, not Most Valuable Panda) after the final out was recorded.
Meanwhile in the other dugout both Miguel Cabrera, who recorded the first Triple Crown (lead the league in Homeruns, RBI/Runs Batted In and batting average) since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 and the 214 million dollar first baseman Prince Fielder struggled mightily. Cabrera hit just one homerun in the four game Series and picked up just three hits giving him a batting average of .231, 99 points off of his regular season average of .330. Fielder also struggled, picking up just one hit in 14 at-bats in the 2012 World Series. That one hit gave him a World Series batting average of .071, or 242 points off of his regular season batting average of .313.
On paper it looked as if Detroit would win this World Series. Sure the Giants might win a game or two but most assumed the Tigers would prove just too good. But that’s why they play the games. Championships aren’t won on paper; they are won on the diamond. The Giants came to play and showed why they won the National League Championship Series to make it to the World Series.
Congratulations to manager Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants on an outstanding regular season and an incredible playoff run. You’ve earned it.