Sometimes, you can just tell when a team is on its way to something special. It looks like the San Francisco Giants are on their way to something special after their 2-0, Game 2 win in the 2012 World Series.
A team that, for whatever reason, wasn't talked about much in the National League all season. Most of the attention was given to the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. But the Giants did win 94 games and the NL West and have had everything go their way since the postseason began.
Down 2-0 in the NLDS to the Reds, no one could've seen this coming. The Reds had won 97 games, second-highest total in the majors, and the Giants had to win three games in Cincinnati just to get to the next round. That's where they started to open some eyes.
After closer Sergio Romo somehow got Reds right fielder Jay Bruce to fly out on a 12th pitch in Game 5 of the NLDS and end up clinching the series, the Giants have been nearly spectacular. Of course, that is, with another two-game deficit to the defending World Champion Cardinals.
After trailing the NLCS 3-1, the Giants haven't lost a game. With their win on Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers, they've won five straight and are within two wins of another championship.
So far in the World Series itself, the Giants have had breaks go their way. Not to take anything away from them, but just to show how destined they are to win the whole thing.
In Game 1, Angel Pagan hit what looked like a sure groundout to Tigers' third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Instead, the ball hit off the third-base bag and rolled passed Cabrera into the outfield. That led to three runs scoring and the Giants were off and running.
In Game 2, a Gregor Blanco bunt up the third-base line stopped fair and loaded the bases for the Giants. That would lead to one run, which was ultimately the game's winning run.
It's stuff like this that gives you the feeling the Tigers have no shot. Of course anything can happen in baseball—just ask the Giants—but everything is going San Francisco's way in these playoffs.
From incredible come-from-behind series wins, to the ball doing the Giants multiple favors in the World Series, this might just be the Giants' season.
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