Including the 2012 playoffs, the Giants have won the last 14 games that Barry Zito has started.
“The Big Speech” (2013 San Francisco Giants ad)
Now that the ALCS and NLCS are set baseball fans are looking at quite the history represented by the four teams. In fact it may be the most successful foursome since the LCS began in 1969.
Between the Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, and Tigers they have earned 48 World Championships, 93 pennants, and made 114 playoff appearances.
They have played a total of 74,878 games with a combined winning percentage of .515. (The Cards started playing in 1882, the Giants in 1883, the Yankees and Tigers in 1901.) The Giants have more wins than any other team in MLB history (10,616); the Cardinals are 4th (10,283). The Yankees are 8th overall and 1st in the American League with 9,318 wins. The Tigers are 12th with 8,828 - oddly enough 4th in the AL behind the Red Sox and the Indians (!).
The teams have had 12 of the 16 Triple Crowns in MLB history. They have won 22 Rookie of the Year Awards, 64 MVPs, and 14 Cy Youngs. (The Tigers have two pitchers who have won both in the same year - Justin Verlander in 2011 and Willie Hernandez in 1984.)
Combined the Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, and Tigers have 62 Hall of Famers (based on HOFers who most identified with the teams) - which is about 20% of the total. The Giants have the most with 23. The Yankees are only 3rd.
So these are old and good teams. And have been for over 100 years. Baseball is wonderful.
[If you can’t get appreciate the history, here’s one hater fact for you: all four LCS teams have payrolls over $100 million. (This is the 2nd time this has occurred. The first was 2009 with the Yankees, Angels, Dodgers and Phillies.)]
Christy Mathewson - 1915 Cracker Jack - courtesy of vintagecardprices.com
Buster Posey - 2010 Bowman - courtesy of sfweekly.com
Stan Musial - 1953 Topps - courtesy of whig.com
Chris Carpenter - 2010 Sports Illustrated for Kids - autographsforsale.com
Babe Ruth - 1933 Goudey Gum - vintagecardprices.com
Derek Jeter - 2002 Topps - halloffamememorabilia.com
Ty Cobb - 1914 Cracker Jack - vintagecardprices.com
Justin Verlander - 2005 Bowman - monstermarketplace.com
The San Francisco Giants became the first team in MLB history to win a best-of-five postseason series after losing the first two at home. (They were also the first to win the final three on the road.)
The Giants beat the Reds 6-4 led by Buster Posey’s grand slam off starter Mat Latos.
Image copyright MLB and courtesy SBNation.com
which is not cause for news, except that they have less hits than runs.
Baseball unwritten rule #10,351:
Must post video of Bobby Thomson’s home run every October 3rd.
And for a added bit of film/baseball trivia…Russ Hodges is calling the game on the radio in this scene from The Godfather.
According to @KenRosenthal the Giants’ Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games without pay for testing positive for increased testosterone.
Let the “I knew it”s begin!
It’s obvious now that Jordan Noberto Tonya Harding-ed Brian Wilson in order to claim the rights to “Best Beard in the Bay Area, 2012.”
(Image copyright MLB and YES Network)
There are now six major league teams with 10,000 franchise wins:
San Francisco/New York Giants - 10,528
Chicago Cubs - 10,314
Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers - 10,227
St. Louis Cardinals - 10,204
Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves - 10,042
Cincinnati Reds - 10,000
Up next: Pittsburgh Pirates - 9,887; New York Yankees - 9,774
(Logos are all copyright of their respective teams and Major League Baseball.)
The only hit was off the bat of the Pirates’ starting pitcher James McDonald.
According to the unwritten rules of baseball Cain may now have McDonald killed. I could be wrong.
(On a serious note: How often has that happened? A one-hitter with the only hit by a pitcher. Someone find that out.)
UPDATE: He’s the first Giant since Hooks Wiltse in 1908 to be separated from a perfect game by just one hit to the opposing pitcher. The last major leaguer with such a game was the Padres’ Jimmy Jones, who gave up just a triple to Houston’s Bob Knepper on Sept. 21, 1986. Courtesy of Trent McCrotter, SABR
(h/t to Hunting Cows)