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You can't measure it. You can't prove it. But momentum is an intangible that dictates who wins in all sporting events, and it won't be any different when the San Francisco Giants roll into the World Series having the mindset that they have at the moment.
Both the Giants and Detroit Tigers have some sort of momentum heading into this series, but the Giants have done something that hasn't been done before.
After being down 2-0 in the NLDS, the Giants traveled to Cincinnati and beat the Reds three times in a row to move on. Next, the Giants found themselves down 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals, then reeled off three straight victories to win the pennant.
That's six wins when facing elimination.
If you look up the word "resilience" in the dictionary right now, you might just find a picture the 2012 San Francisco Giants next to it.
And one may argue that the Tigers have some momentum since they just swept the New York Yankees, the kings of the postseason, in the ALCS.
However, the Tigers haven't played since October 18. That's a four-day layover. And when a team is coming off an emotional high like the Tigers are, it will be hard to regain that same focus and tenacity that they undoubtedly had when playing the Yankees.
I like that Jim Leyland had his team play an intrasquad scrimmage to keep the team focused, but nothing can replicate the energy, excitement and emotion of playing in a NLCS game.
It will be interesting to see if the Tigers come out flat to start the series. However, having Justin Verlander, the pitcher with the best stuff in the world, on the mound in Game 1 of a World Series game should be a shot in the arm if the Tigers end up needing one.
But the Giants are hot right now. In fact, they are sizzling like a platter of fajitas at Chili's restaurant. They will be ready to pick up where they left off, and that's defeating the Cardinals 9-0 to win the pennant.