With their 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, the San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight playoff game.
The Giants are on an impressive roll, outscoring the opposition by a score of 28-4 during that four-game span. There's seemingly nothing this team can't do right now, beating elite pitchers like Justin Verlander while getting three home runs in a ballgame from Pablo Sandoval.
Meanwhile, the Tigers would appear to be back on their heels a bit after their No. 1 pitcher—the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner—got rocked for five runs and their formidable lineup could score only one run against Barry Zito.
But should the Giants and the city of San Francisco start planning a World Series championship celebration parade right now? Should this series be stopped right now, as MLB.com's Hal Bodley wrote with presumable tongue-in-cheek?
Well, there's always something to be said for preparation and looking ahead. However, getting fitted for rings might be a bit hasty. (That ring information should already be on hand for most of the players anyway, right? I mean, the Giants won just two years ago.)
Here are five reasons why the Tigers could still extend this series to six or seven games and bring the competition back to San Francisco next week.