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October 25, 2012 - Seth Staskey
It never seems to fail. The team riding the biggest wave of momentum down the stretch carries it into the playoffs. The San Francisco Giants are three wins away from winning their second World Series title in three years. Game two against the Tigers is slated for Thursday night. Up until Wednesday's game one, the Tigers had nearly a week off after sweeping the Yankees. The Giants, meanwhile, were pushed to a seventh game before dispatching the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. San Fran was down to their final loss against both Cincinnati, in the divisional series, and against the Cardinals before rallying to stave off elimination. The recipe is simple, it starts with pitching and needs timely hitting. They've gotten both, including Wednesday's three home-run performance from Pablo Sandoval. Prior to that, it was Marco Scutaro -- a journeyman who the Giants acquired in July -- that was swinging the red-hot stick. Throw in likely NL MVP Buster Posey and a top-shelf pitching staff and it's got all the makings.
It'll certainly be interesting to see how this team continues to play in the next three games at minimum. Something tells me they won't sweep the Tigers, but I eventually see San Fran getting it done.
Until next time, folks ... enjoy the games.
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