SAP is congratulating the San Francisco Giants and all their fans on a fantastic 2012 World Championship. To help all fans re-live exciting moments of the San Francisco Giants journey, we decided to look at some stats of the World Series. Please see for yourself the 5 most mind-blowing stats we found out.
1.) Phenomenal Pitching
The Giants sent amazing arms to the bump as the four San Francisco starting pitchers had a combined ERA of .98 and the entire staff threw for a gaudy .99 ERA in the four Fall Classic victories. Giant ace, Matt Cain’s 3.86 ERA was the highest for a starter during the four game sweep, while both Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner pitched scoreless frames, and the latter only allowing two hits in seven innings. The bearded Giants closer Sergio Romo collected three saves while not even allowing a single hit in two ninth inning and one series clinching 10th inning relief outings in which he stroke out the side.
The phenomenal Giants’ pitching by the staff held the potent Tigers’ offense to a dismal .157 batting average. The first Triple Crown winner since 1967, Miguel Cabrera, and the Tigers' prime offseason acquisition, Prince Fielder (usually the MLB's most fearsome 3-4 tandem), were only able to muster a meager .148 combined batting average against the monster pitching.
2.) Panda Power
With both his big bat and gifted glove Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval powered San Francisco to their second World Series title in three seasons. The Kung-Fu Panda batted an incredible .500 in the four game series, knocking in four runs and hitting for 18 total bases. In Game One Sandoval sent three balls into the stands at AT&T tying a Major League record for most Home Runs in a World Series game. Pablo’s bat alone did not cause havoc for Detroit as Sandoval made some spectacular defensive plays at third base robbing numerous Tigers’ of base hits. The Venezuelan was honored as the World Series MVP for his outstanding performance in helping to bring back the Commissioner’s Trophy to the City by the bay.
3.) Clutch 2 Out Hitting
Coming off of six days rest from their sweep of the Yankees in the ALCS, Detroit skipper Jim Leyland had ample time to set a pitching rotation that pundits lauded as a formidable four person starting staff built for the playoffs. Even though they were swept, the Tiger’s staff still brought the heat as they recorded 41 strikeouts in the series. The Giants relied on timely 2 out hitting to gain crucial momentum early in Game one of the series and rode it all the way to the Commissioner’s Trophy.
7 out of the 16 runs the Giants scored in the series came with 2 outs including the first 5 in Game 1 off of reigning AL Cy Young and AL MVP winner Justin Verlander. Also Marko Suctaro’s decisive single in the top of the 10th to seal the sweep came with 2 outs.
4.) Zito’s World Series Redemption
After being left off the post-season roster in 2010, left-hander Barry Zito shined in Game 1. 10 years after winning the Cy Young pitching across the bay Zito’s World Series start was the longest time for a pitcher in the league between receiving the highest pitching honor to starting a World Series. Surprisingly Zito looked like a Cy Young contender as he defeated reigning AL Cy Young winner and AL Strikeout Leader Justin Verlander. Zito pitched like it was 2002 allowing only one run over 5.2 innings of work while collecting a crucial Game 1 victory.Zito even drove in a run for support batting in Brandon Belt on a single to left.
5.) Freak in the Pen
After a disappointing 10-15 Regular Season, 2-time Cy Young Tim Lincecum was place in the Giants’ bullpen for the postseason. The “Freak” ever did shine in his new duty as a reliever. Lincecum found his rediscovered his nasty control out of the bullpen, striking out 17 batters and only allowing a single earned run in 13 innings of relief work. Besides a single walk in Game 3, the “Freak” was perfect in his 4.2 innings of relief work, collecting one
hold while fanning eight Tigers. Lincecum’s stellar postseason relief work helped to crown a difficult personal season with the ultimate team accomplishment: Yet another World Series ring.
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