It’s been said that looking back on previous events is an inability to let go. But when you haven’t won a World Championship since 1954, I don’t think so, Scooter – I don’t think so.
So as we approach Game 1 of the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, it’s time to look back at the San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series run and realize just how special it was.
For a bit of perspective, let’s take a peak at these:
- The Giants never faced an elimination game throughout the entirety of the postseason. Not a single one. The only team (so far) that can claim the same in the 2011 postseason would be the Texas Rangers who still have a full series to go.
- The Giants allowed eight – count them – eight hits to the Philadelphia Phillies with runners in scoring position in six games.
- The Giants held the elite Texas Rangers offense to a combined total of 12 runs in the World Series. They allowed five runs in games 2, 3, 4 and 5 – combined. The Detroit Tigers allowed 39 runs in six games in the American League Championship. The Yankees, also in six games in the 2010 ALCS, gave up 38 runs to those Rangers.
- The Giants pitchers combined for an 11-4 postseason record by compiling a stunning 2.47 playoff ERA, only allowing 94 hits in 135 innings. Opposing batters hit a paltry .196.
- The Giants, in order, beat Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe again, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Roy Oswalt again, Cliff Lee, C.J. Wilson and in their final victory, Cliff Lee one more time.
A lot of pundints will point to the Giants being lucky – getting hot at the right time. Many have said the 2010 Giants were one of the worst World Series winners ever. And while they can say what they want, they’d be wrong.
The 2011 season certainly gave a handful of media members the confidence to emerge from the rocks they’d been hiding under, proudly pound their chest and declare their righteousness. But statistically, the 2011 Giants regular season pitching was even better than 2010 – and that takes into account the historic August/September run the Giants staff went on during their World Series run. If anything, 2011 was a lost season for the Giants, a wasted year of elite pitching – not a lucky team returning to their supposed form.
A healthy Giant team in 2011 was a title contender – a somewhat injury free 2012 squad will be no different.