There was plenty of excitement heading into Wednesday’s Game 1 matchup between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants in the 2012 World Series considering everything that took place for both teams in the previous series. However, nobody could have predicted the type of performance displayed by Pablo Sandoval–who worked his way into the MLB record books with three home runs.
Sandoval joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players in MLB history to hit three home runs in a single World Series game. What’s even more impressive–Sandoval managed to hit two of those home runs off 95 mile per hour fastballs thrown by Justin Verlander.
What Sandoval pulled off against the Tigers on Wednesday was nothing short of amazing and helped the Giants carry their momentum over from the NLCS series against the St. Louis Cardinals in which they overcame a 3-1 deficit. It’s still early on, but it’s difficult not to think of San Francisco as the favorites in this series considering how well they played on Wednesday.
While the chances of Sandoval putting up more multi-home run games may seem a bit unlikely, that doesn’t mean he can’t perform at a high level to earn MVP consideration if the Giants do end up winning their second World Series over the last three years. Everyone wondered whether or not five days rest would put Verlander and the Tigers at a disadvantage heading into this series and so far–that appears to be the case.
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