5 Reasons San Francisco Giants Won 2012 World Series
5 Reasons San Francisco Giants Won 2012 World Series
The San Francisco Giants are winners of the 108th MLB World Series as they swept the Detroit Tigers to win their second title in three years. The Giants were on the brink of elimination several times this season but always persevered and moved on to the next challenge.
Just like in 2010, San Francisco was not favored in any shape or form to win the World Series, but still somehow found a way to be victorious. Manager Bruce Bochy never let his players get down on themselves and the team’s veterans came up big in clutch situations. Not to mention, San Francisco received help from every facet of the game to win the World Series while several improbable stars gave the Giants an extra edge over their opponents.
Bochy took some heat from the media for starting Barry Zito against Detroit’s ace Justin Verlander while many questioned the move to keep Tim Lincecum out of the starting rotation and in the bullpen. It turns out the 17-year manager knew exactly what he was doing and is now a two-time World Series Champion and is considered by many to be a lock for the Hall of Fame because of it.
"I count my blessings. I'm blessed to be in a situation where we can win. I'm thankful for [Giants General Manager] Brian Sabean bringing players in that put us where we are right now," Bochy said. "Ownership, fans, players, it's all them. For me to be the manager, I know how lucky I am. I'm numb, really, to the fact, that we've won two World Series in the last three years."
Bochy, Sabean, Giants players and their fans all have a reason to celebrate after San Francisco’s phenomenal postseason run to be crowned champions of the world. The following are five reasons the Giants won the 2012 World Series.
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Pablo Sandoval’s Bat
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval began the World Series with a bang as he crushed three home runs in Game 1. “Kung Fu Panda” went on to bat .500 with one double, three homers, four RBIs, and touched 18 bases in 16 plate appearances. The 26-year-old also posted a .529 on-base percentage, 1.125 slugging percentage, and a 1.654 OPS. Sandoval was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Series for his incredible performance over the course of four games.
Many outside of San Francisco believed Detroit would win the World Series because of their talented starting rotation. The Tigers’ starters came into the series with a combined 5-1 record and a 1.73 earned run average in nine games. However, the Giants’ starting pitchers stole the show in the World Series.
In four games, San Francisco’s starters were 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 19 strikeouts, and a .205 opponent batting average in 25 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Detroit’s starters were 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA, 23 strikeouts, and a .250 opponent batting average in 23 1/3 innings. Both Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong did not surrender a run in a combined 12 2/3 innings with each starter collecting a win.
San Francisco’s pitching did not seem it could get any better, but the relief pitchers came through and stifled Detroit’s high-powered offense. The six relievers posted a 1-0 record with a 1.54 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and a very impressive .053 opponent batting average in 11 1/3 innings. Lincecum, closer Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, and Jose Mijares did not give up a run in 10 combined innings. Romo is the most valuable player of this group as he collected three saves in three opportunities and did not even so much as allow a hit against the Tigers.
Just like in the regular season, San Francisco did not hit for power but rather scored their runs due to timely hits and solid teamwork. The Giants’ offense was not supposed to be even mentioned in the same breath as the Tigers, but clearly, someone forgot to tell them that as they blew everyone away in the World Series.
San Francisco batted .242 with four doubles, two triples, four home runs, and 15 RBIs in 132 at-bats. On the other hand, Detroit did not come within striking distance of those numbers with a .159 batting average, two doubles, three homers, and a measly six RBIs in 126 plate appearances. Players such as Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro may have dropped off a bit in their production in the World Series, but the team as a whole stayed rather consistent.
Tim Lincecum’s Selflessness
It is difficult to gauge exactly how much Lincecum’s selflessness affected the team’s World Series title, but I personally believe it helped out a great deal. Lincecum could have easily complained about Bochy’s decision not to start him in the World Series and could have even refused to pitch out of the bullpen. However, the two-time Cy Young Award winner did the complete opposite.
Lincecum could not have been a bigger team player as he did whatever was asked of him to do what was best for the Giants. The 28-year-old pitched phenomenally out of the bullpen, as he did not allow a run or a hit and struck out a team-high eight batters in 4 2/3 innings. Lincecum’s teammates must have taken note how he handled his business, which could have directly resulted in several players going above and beyond their normal level of play.