For the second time in 3 years the San Francisco Giants are the kings of baseball. San Francisco beat Detroit 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday night to sweep the Tigers. Continue reading
The 2012 Major League Baseball postseason has been filled with excitement over the course of the early rounds. For the first time, ten teams qualified for the playoffs. After several intense series, the final two teams are left standing. The Detroit Tigers outlasted the Chicago White Sox in order to win the American League Central following a September surge. The playoff-like atmosphere of September prepared Detroit for the challenge of outlasting the upstart Oakland Athletics as they were forced to play a decisive Game 5 in hostile Oakland. Despite a game one 9th inning hiccup from closer Jose Valverde, the Tigers managed to sweep the New York Yankees on their way to winning the franchise’s 11th American League Pennant. The National League battle for the pennant has been even a tighter contest. The Giants found themselves in a quick 2-0 hole in the LDS facing the low odds of winning three consecutive games in Cincinnati. San Francisco answered the call and found a way to pull off three consecutive elimination road victories. The 2nd wild card and defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals rolled into San Francisco and grabbed game one of the NLCS. The Cards went on to win three of the series’ first four games and the Giants found themselves faced with the prospects of winning three consecutive games. Once again San Francisco answered the call behind outstanding performances from Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain. The Giants stomped the Cardinals in game seven on their way to winning the franchise’s 21st National League Pennant and second in three seasons. The 108th World Series has been set and there certainly is plenty of postseason experience between the two remaining squads. The Tigers enter the World Series rested with a rotation in order, the Giants arrive battled-tested after winning six elimination games over the previous two series. If the postseason to this point has been any indication as to what we can expect going forward, I’d say we are in a very competitive and exciting World Series.
The San Francisco Giants are the 2012 National League Champions. The Giants stomped the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in game seven as they clinched their 21st pennant in franchise history with a 4-3 series victory. San Francisco will host the Detroit Tigers in game one of the World Series on Wednesday, October 24th. Marco Scutaro was named NLCS MVP as he hit .500 (14 for 28) in the series.
The Detroit Tigers are the 2012 American League Champions. The Tigers blasted CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 8-1 in-game four as they clinched their first pennant since 2006 with a 4-0 series sweep. The Tigers will travel to either St. Louis or San Francisco for game one of the World Series this Wednesday. Delmon Young was named ALCS MVP as he became the first player in major league history to be credited with the game-winning RBI in four straight postseason games. This is the Tigers 11th American League Pennant in franchise history.
Anyone who knows me knows that I disliked Shane Victorino. Whether, it was the awful routes to fly balls, 2-0 pop ups, first pitch swinging, or just overall goofiness, Victorino drove me up a wall. With that in mind, it’s impossible to ignore his accomplishments since his selection as a Rule 5 pick in 2005 from the Dodgers. Since the Dodgers didn’t want him back, Shane was allowed to spend the 2005 season in the minors for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. Victorino, did it all that year, hitting 25 doubles, 16 triples, 18 home runs, stealing 17 bases and hit .310 on his way to winning the International League MVP. After the trading deadline in 2006 when the Phillies traded Bobby Abreu (the irony on that later), Victorino started 51 games and hit .307. The first great moment in Victorino’s career as a Phillie was in 2007 when he hit a walk-off home run on his own bobble figurine day (Also one of HK’s great calls). Continue reading
After 8 years and 2 World Series titles in Boston, Kevin Youkilis will now have a new home. Youkilis was traded to the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge, Zach Stewart and cash. He was batting .225 with 4 home runs and 13 runs batted in 41 games this season. Stewart has pitched 30 innings over 18 games giving up 20 earned runs and striking out 16 with a 6.00 era. Lillibridge is batting .175 with 2 runs batted in and 7 stolen bases over 49 games. The emergence of top prospect Will Middlebrooks, the big contract of Adrian Gonzalez and the way David Ortiz is swinging the bat, left Youkilis the odd man out in the lineup and infield. Youkilis was a career .286 hitter with 133 home runs and 563 runs batted in his time in Boston. He was a 3-time all-star and won a gold glove in 20o7. The Red Sox will pay 5.5 million of Youkilis’s 2012 contract to complete the deal. The White Sox are 38-34 atop the AL Central, while the Red Sox are 38-34 and are 5 games out of first in the AL East.