MLB: Giants capture second World Series title in three years
The San Francisco Giants are once again on top of the baseball world after completing a four game sweep of the Detroit Tigers Sunday night, en route to winning the clubs second World Series title in three years.
This latest postseason run was absolutely remarkable for the Giants. In their best of five NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds, the Giants came back after being down 2-0, to win three straight games on the road in Cincinnati, thus earning a trip to the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
They found themselves in a familiar situation against the Cardinals. This time trailing 3-1 in the best of seven series, the Giants came back to win three straight games and earn a spot to representative the National League in the World Series. It was such a remarkable run, especially since the Cardinals have seemed to be baseball’s magical team/comeback Kings the past few seasons.
The Giants kept their momentum in the Fall Classic as third baseman and eventual World Series MVP, Pablo Sandoval led the way in game 1 with three home runs, two of which came off of reigning AL Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander. The Giants never looked back as they didn’t even allow the Tigers to take a lead at any point until game four. It’s only fitting that Marco Scutaro knocked in the winning run in the 10th inning, as the 36 year old infielder had been outstanding since being acquired from the Colorado Rockies in July.
With young catcher and NL MVP candidate Buster Posey leading the way offensively and Matt Cain heading up an outstanding pitching staff, there is no reason to believe the Giants will be fading anytime soon. They have the ability to be a perennial contender in the ever improving National League West. With the new look and free spending Los Angeles Dodgers, the talented Arizona Diamondbacks and the up and coming San Diego Padres, the Giants will no doubt have some challengers in the West. The Rockies don’t appear to be on the same upswing as the other clubs, although they do have some talented young players as well. The NL West has been perceived as a weak division although evidence can say otherwise with the Giants success the past couple years, mixed in with the clubs mentioned above only getting better.
If the Dodgers find chemistry next season, and they should, expect them to get back into the swing of things. They were close to grabbing the second wild card spot and they should be much improved next season. If the Diamondbacks can retool a bit, and have continued growth from some of their young pitchers, they can get back into contention, as they are only a year removed from an NL West title. The Padres have done a great job stockpiling young players and now with new ownership they should be making even more strides in 2013. The Rockies won’t be contending in the near future, but again, they do have some nice young players to watch for now and in the future.
In the next few days we’ll begin to take a look at the offseason, including of course, free agency. Many players declared free agency Monday, and we’ll take a look at where some of these players may possibly end up. Free agents can negotiate exclusively with their current teams, but beginning Saturday at 12:01 AM ET, they can start negotiations with other clubs as well.