Tuesday, November 2, 2010

World Series: They Might Be Giants! Yes They Are!

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World Series
Game 5: San Francisco Giants 3 - Texas Rangers 1
Giants win series, 4-1

The Giants FINALLY do it!

They win their first World Series title since 1954 and first since moving to San Francisco in 1958. While in San Francisco, the Giants had been 0-3 in the World Series (1962, 1989, 2002).

This is the 6th overall title for the franchise which began as the New York Gothams in 1883. Their prior 5 championships (1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954) were won as the New York Baseball Giants.

The Giants amazing 2010 postseason run was truly incredible and historical and they did it with PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING.

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In fact, according to ESPN and the Elias Sports Bureau--

1) The 2010 Giants are only the second team in the last 30 years to win three World Series games in which they held their opponent to one run or less. The other was the 1985 Royals, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Cardinals in seven games, while limiting St. Louis to no more than one run in all four victories.

2) Texas, which led the major leagues with a .276 team batting average during the regular season, batted only .190 during the World Series. Among the 31 teams to play in the World Series after leading the majors in batting average that season, the only others that batted under .200 in the Fall Classic were the 1948 Indians (.199) and the 1995 Indians (.179).

3) The Rangers had an 18-inning scoreless streak spanning Game Three to Game Five, after their longest such drought during the regular season was 15 innings. From 1969 through 1972 three teams had longer scoring droughts in the World Series than they had during that entire regular season: the 1969 Orioles, 1971 Orioles and 1972 Athletics. But since 1973 the only other team to do that was the 2001 Yankees.

Elias further says--

4) Giants batters did not draw a walk and produced only one extra-base hit (Edgar Renteria's three-run homer) in Game Five. The only other teams that combined for no more than one extra-base hit or walk in a World-Series clinching game were the 1926 Cardinals, who had none of each in a Game Seven win at Yankee Stadium, and the 1913 Athletics, who had one walk and no extra-base hits in a Game Five victory against the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

5) The Giants won both of the Tim Lincecum vs. Cliff Lee matchups in the 2010 World Series, taking Game One in San Francisco and Game Five in Arlington. The last nine times that the same starting pitchers opposed each other for a second time in a World Series, the team that won the first meeting also won the second.

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CONGRATS to the Giants and the city of San Francisco.

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