World Series 2012: Just The Giants' Year?
Gregor Blanco's seventh inning would-be sacrifice bunt skimmed along the dirt and grass of the third base line; anyone that has watched one inning of this years Giants team in the playoffs knew that ball was never going foul.
The ball stopped in the dirt, fair, like it was equipped with brakes, leaving the bases loaded with no outs. Crawford grounded into a double play the next at-bat, scoring the one run needed to win Game 2.
Add that interesting slice of the game, plus yesterday's odd bounce off the third-base bag, and you have to wonder...
Is this the Giants year, again?
If the hitting display against Justin Verlander doesn't answer that question, then the pitching in the first two games definitely should.
Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner were basically cast into the one and two roles this series because the other pitchers were tired—old school three-days-rest doesn't happen anymore.
Best case scenario for the Giants: Just keep us in it Barry, Madison... Somewhere around four or five runs, max.
And, look what happened. Both Zito and Bumgarner dealt, showing that the playoffs are not predictable, and more importantly, that the Giants are rolling. The combined ERA for Giants' starters in the World Series thus far: Zero.
Now, the Giants go on the road two-games up, with the starters they wished could have pitched in Games' 1 and 2, and one confident team.
Still need more proof or is it time to admit this World Series is "Panda Time"?