The San Francisco Giants are World Champions once again sweeping the Detroit Tigers capturing their second crown in three seasons behind clutch hitting and stellar pitching.
The 2012 World Series featured the two leagues batting champions in Buster Posey and Miguel Cabrera for the first time since 1954 when Willie Mays (New York Giants) and Bobby Avila (Cleveland Indians) squared off. Both Posey and Cabrera will likely be named MVP's in a few weeks.
The Giants excelled in the four-game series scoring 16 runs, smacking 32 hits, four doubles, two triples, four homers, 15 RBI's and nine walks. They batted .242 with a .289 on-base percentage and .394 slugging percentage totaling a .683 OPS.
World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval was sensational batting an incredible .500 drilling eight hits, one double, three homers and four RBI's in 16 at-bats. The three homers all came in Game 1 placing him in some elite company with Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols. The Panda produced a .529 on-base percentage and 1.125 slugging percentage equaling a whooping 1.654 OPS.
Hunter Pence continued his great play in the Fall Classic batting .286 connecting with four hits, one double, one RBI and scored three runs in 14 at-bats. Pence had a .313 on-base percentage and .357 slugging percentage reaching a .670 OPS.
The Giants pitching reached their dominant peak showcasing a 1.46 ERA in 37 innings allowing 20 hits, six runs, three walks, 36 strikeouts and holding the Tigers vonted offense to a .159 batting average. The Tigers went 2-12 with runners in scoring position and left 23 men on base during the series.
Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong each won a game in the Fall Classic with Zito producing a 1.59 ERA. Bumgarner and Vogelsong did not allow a run in their two starts. Tim Lincecum pitched like a man possessed in two relief appearances in Games 1 and 3 striking out eight in 4.2 innings without allowing a run or hit.
The Giants shutout the Tigers in Games 2 and 3 accomplishing that feat in consecutive games for the first time since 1917. The last National League team to record two straight shutouts were the 1919 Cincinnati Reds and the 1966 Baltimore Orioles were the last team to blanket an opponent in consecutive games.
The 2007 World Series was the last time the Fall Classic ended in a sweep and the 1990 Reds were the last NL team to pull off that feat. The Giants last sweep came in 1954 upsetting the heavily favored Indians.
The Giants-Tigers matchup marked the fourth time a team swept the LCS and the other team won the LCS in seven games. The Giants joined the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers, 2006 St. Louis Cardinals and 2007 Boston Red Sox who all won the World Series after needing seven games to reach the Fall Classic.
The Giants-Tigers series garnered the lowest ratings ever in a World Series drawing a 7.6 mark. Giants fans could care less because they ruled baseball in 2012.
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