WS: Tigers/Giants

The Tigers & Cardinals had faced off in the WS before, in 1934, 1968 and 2006.

The defending champion Cardinals had a 3 games to 1 lead in the NLCS. It looked like another Tigers/Cards meeting was imminent.

But it’s not.

The San Francisco Giants won a Game 7 for the first time in their history (going back to NY), and will be facing the Detroit Tigers in the WS.

For the Giants, it’s been one heck of a ride. Down 0-2 to the Cincinnati Reds, they came back. Down 1-3 to the Cardinals, they came back.

So there will still be only 3 NL teams to go back-to-back as WS Champs (the 1907-1908 Cubs, who haven’t won since, the 1921-1922 NY Giants and the 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds).

The only thing that bugs me a little is that much of the Giants success early in the season was due to Melky Cabrera (.346-11-60 in 113 games) and that he was the All-Star Game MVP, helping to give the NL home field advantage. Melky, of course, was then busted for PEDs and got the 50-game suspension. That kind of taints things.

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One response to “WS: Tigers/Giants

  1. When Cabrera was popped on Aug. 15, the Giants were 64-53 and tied with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West. They had scored only 4.25 runs per game despite Cabrera’s career year and lots of us thought they were about to go away.

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