It took 52 years after moving across the country from New York to San Francisco, but the Giants have finally won another World Series, defeating the Texas Rangers 4-1. It’s the sixth World Series title in Giants team history, and they have now won a World Series title in five different decades.
Why the Giants Won the World Series
-Pitching. Tim Lincecum was brilliant in Game 5 after a shaky Game 1. Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner turned in gems. The Giants bullpen was electric and almost unstoppable. The only Giants pitcher who doesn’t come out of the World Series looking good is Jonathan Sanchez, who struggled with his command in Game 3.
-The Giants beat up on the Rangers’ ace, Cliff Lee, who had never lost a postseason start coming into the series and proceeded to pick up two losses, in Games 1 and 5. The Giants pitching was phenomenal, shutting down the Rangers’ vaunted offense for much of the series. The Rangers only scored 12 runs over the five games in the series, with seven of those runs coming in their 11-7 Game 1 loss.
-Edgar Renteria, who delivered a clutch three-run homer in Game 5 of the series and was named the World Series MVP. Renteria is also famously known for getting a walk-off hit in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series to give the Florida Marlins their first World Series title. What about the other World Series Renteria played in for the St. Louis Cardinals? He hit into the final out to give the Red Sox their first World Series victory since the Babe Ruth days. If a team wants to end a World Series drought, they need to get Renteria in the mix, one way or the other.
-Bruce Bochy. I respect Ron Washington, who was able to overcome some off-field issues in the off-season to lead the Rangers to their first World Series, but Bochy out-managed Washington on a lot of fronts. Bochy knew exactly how to use his bullpen, and the decision in the NLCS to put Renteria in the lineup and shift Juan Uribe to third base paid off tremendously, as both came through with clutch hits in the World Series.
-The City of San Francisco. I’m not sure if the World Series would have turned out differently if it had started in Texas, but the San Francisco baseball fans were hungry for a World Series and were deafening in the first two games of the series. The energy of the crowd obviously transferred to the San Francisco players early in the series, and the players were able to carry that energy and momentum when the series shifted back to Texas.
All statistics from espn.com.