Okay Giants fans. Congratulations on your team winning the World Series. I’m not sure how they did it, but they did it. They bested the Kansas City Royals four games to three, went 12-5 during the postseason, and knocked the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Royals out of the way to earn their third ring in five years. I bow in you’re general direction, even though I still don’t get it.
I’ve explained (October 21) how their regular season statistics shouldn’t have put the Giants in the playoffs in the first place, but their post-season numbers are just as mystifying. Even on the pregame show before game seven, the topic was how were the Giants going to be able to score runs? No one said two sacrifice flies and a Michael Morse single to right in the fourth to win it, but that’s what happened. It was a strange post-season, but things went well for the Giants. The 18-inning win in Washington, and on and on.
With their 88-74 regular season record not withstanding, who knew it only takes three players to win a title? When mentioning the non-championship caliber statistics the Giants put up during the regular year compared to the Dodgers, I got a response that said, “this proves it takes more than money to win a (pennant)”. This may be true, but that same response said, “at least the Giants play as a team”, and that’s not true at all. Let’s take a look…
- Madison Bumgarner was amazing. He was 2-0 with a save, a 0.43 ERA, 17 strikeouts in 21 innings, and batters hit a measly .127 against him. The rest of the Giants pitchers 2-3, no saves, a 5.85 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 40 innings (no pitcher other than Bumgarner had more than 4 Ks).
- Up three games to two, manager Bruce Bochy went with Jake Peavy to start game six, and Tim Hudson in game seven. Neither lasted through the fourth inning, took all three Giants losses in the series, and posted a combined ERA of 9.22.
- Kudos, though, to Jeremy Affeldt, who was credited with the game seven victory, and did not allow a run in his three World Series appearances.
- If you want to talk hitting, consider this. Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval combined to hit .418 with a home run and nine RBIs. The rest of the team batted .230 with a home run (Gregor Blanco) and 20 RBIs. The Brandons, Belt and Crawford, managed to get on base, and that helped, and second baseman Joe Panik, who made a great defensive play that turned out to be the first replay-reversed call in World Series history, also had 6 hits (but a .222 average), including a triple.
- Buster Posey batted .154 (4-for-26).
But they did it. It does feel like Bumgarner, Pence, Sandoval, and any six of us could have beaten the Royals in seven, though, and Kansas City had a good series. But congrats again to the Giants. They are a dynasty for sure, with three titles in five years, and the even-year string continuing with banners in 2010, 2012, and 2014. How weird is 2016 going to be? Can’t wait to find out.