The San Francisco Giants rightfully deserve to be up two games on the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series. The Giants have been playing at an exceptionally high level and have beaten the Tigers in all phases of the game; however, it is hard not to notice that a few bizarre events have given San Francisco an edge over Detroit.
For starters, the fact Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in Game 1 of the Series is astounding considering only a handful of players have ever been able to accomplish the rare feat. What is even crazier is that Sandoval only hit 12 home runs during the regular season, which means he hit a fourth of his season total in one World Series game.
Another unbelievable event occurred in Game 2 when San Francisco’s Gregor Blanco laid down a critical bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners on base. The baseball rolled down the third-base line and stopped suddenly. The ball that was headed foul instead sat quietly an inch away from the line as third baseman Miguel Cabrera and catcher Gerald Laird stared down at it in disbelief. The Giants would later score one run in the inning to give them the lead.
“Unbelievable, unbelievable,” said Blanco. “But that’s why baseball is so fun. And if it means we have to win with luck, that’s fine. Especially right now. Especially right now in the World Series.”
That was not the only luck the team has experienced. In the bottom of the third inning in Game 1, Angel Pagan hit a routine ground ball down the third-base line. Cabrera was in place to make the routine play, but instead the ball hit off the third base bag and rolled into left field for a single. Instead of the Tigers getting out of the inning unscathed, the Giants went on to score two more runs.
Clearly, unique occurrences have given San Francisco an advantage, but I believe the Giants would be up 2-0 in the Series regardless. San Francisco is simply at the top of their game and playing with enough confidence to defeat anybody standing in their way.
The Giants have outscored their opponents 30-4 in the last five games. This team was not known for their offense during the regular season and simply scored enough runs to get by; however, now it appears they are capable of scoring runs at will. San Francisco’s starters have also been outstanding, as they have allowed only two earned runs for a 0.55 ERA over the last five games.
The Giants have stifled the Tigers’ high-powered offense and have hit two decent starters well. Bizarre events or not, San Francisco has proven they are ready to add another World Series title to their collection.
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