2010 World Series: Why San Francisco Giants Have Real Shot To Win It All
Words can't describe this moment, a team with no real star beating the two-time NL champion. Throughout the playoffs the Giants have been the dark horse to reach the World Series, and now they are here.
Do they have a shot against the Rangers' high octane offense? Yes. You can never write the Giants off. With that, here is why the Giants have a real shot at winning the 2010 World Series.
Pitching: The Stable of This Team
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Thie Giants are in the World Series because of their pitching, and that is no secret. The Giants' starters can go up against any offense on any given day and shut them down.
The real marvel is the Giants' bullpen. If you would have told me that Jonathan Sanchez would be knocked out of Game 6 in the third inning, I would have said there was no way the Giants would win the game, but they did.
Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt looked great as they shut down the Phiilies' offense for the rest of the game. Although Brian WIlson made it interesting by walking two in the ninth, he got the save with a gutsy strikeout against Ryan Howard.
Being able to rely on a bullpen for six-plus innings is a luxury many teams do not have. If the Giants can continue to pitch like they have against the Braves and Phillies, the Giants could be in good shape and have a good chance at shutting down the Rangers' offense.
The Rise of the Throwaways: Uribe, Ross, Huff Continue To Overachieve
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This Giants team is just amazing if you think about it. Unlike the 2002 team that had a real offensive presence with the likes of Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent, this year's squad is a collective performance from a list of B-listers who teams didn't want.
Freddy Sanchez played most of his years for the lonely Pirates. Cody Ross was released by the Marlins. Huff and Uribe are also journeymen.
This team is just that, a team. Any person on this team can step up and win the game. Their ability to scrap for every single run makes them a dangerous team. If their pitching can keep it close, the Giants' offense can do things to win them games.
Home Field Advantage
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After beating the AL in the All-Star game, the NL secured home-field advantage for the World Series. This will be a huge advantage for this Giants team, which is 12-2 against the Rangers at AT&T Park historically.
Although successful on the road in the 2010 playoffs (2-0 in Atlanta, 2-1 in Philly), the Giants will gain a real advantage from playing in the pitcher-friendly park.