Giants take Game 1

> The Giants took Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, quickly turning the tables on Justin Verlander and the favored Tigers. Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs- two coming off Verlander- in the game, and joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players to accomplish that feat in a World Series game.

Barry Zito came through for his team again, throwing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and picked up the win. It’s also worth mentioning that Tim Lincecum, who has found a postseason home in the bullpen, struck out five over 2 1/3 innings of relief for Zito. Verlander, on the other hand, got his head blown off for five runs in four innings. It was his shortest non-delayed outing since June of 2010.

MY TAKE

> TakingĀ  a look around the Internet earlier today, it appeared most of the “experts” were picking the Tigers to win this thing in five or six games. Personally, I chose the Tigers to win it in seven, and I’m going to stand by that, even after tonight’s disaster. But I’m usually wrong in these sorts of decisions.

> Jose Valverde seems to be going all mid-season John Axford on the Tigers this postseason. Phil Coke handled the closing duties during the ALCS, but Valverde got his chance to redeem himself today, since the Tigers were already down by five runs. But he didn’t help the cause, allowing two runs on four straight hits. The one batter he retired was Lincecum on a strikeout, but, unfortunately for him, that doesn’t really count.

> MLB Network compared Marco Scutaro to Paul Molitor. Meh.

Scutaro is having an unbelievable postseason, but I’m not ready to put him up there with an HOFer.

THE NEWS

> According to multiple sources, Norichika Aoki sat in as a guest commentator for the Japanese broadcast of the World Series.

> Davey Johnson of the Nationals won TSN’s Manager of the Year Award, as he received the most first-place votes. But what struck me is that Ron Roenicke received a first place vote.

> Minor moves:

Cubs: Claimed Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Twins; designated Anthony Recker for assignment.
Twins: Declined Matt Capps’ option for 2013; outrighted Jeff Manship, Luis Perdomo, Esmerling Vasquez, Kyle Waldrop, P.J. Walters, and Matt Carson off of thier 40-man roster.
Mariners: Declined Miguel Olivo’s option for 2013; released Munenori Kawasaki.

> I was going to write a big article tonight on fan bases, but wound up not having enough time. I’ll have it up tomorrow or the day after. (And I know the topic “fan bases” sounds extremely broad, but you’ll know what it means when I get the article up.)

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5 Responses to Giants take Game 1

    • breakingwi says:

      I sort of just overheard it as I was writing this, but hearing Scutaro even mentioned in the same sentence as Molitor is not acceptable.

      • elmaquino says:

        yeah, that’s nuts. you heard Posey getting compared to freaking Johnny Bench when he first got called up too. guys need some perspective, for sure.

      • breakingwi says:

        Definitely. The Posey/Bench comparison makes a little more sense, since Posey still has a whole career ahead of him and has time to establish himself as an HOF-caliber guy (granted we still shouldn’t be talking about it when the guy is just 23). Scutaro, on the other hand, is 36 and has been a utility guy his entire career. Comparing him to Molitor is silly.

        But as you said, guys really need perspective. neither of those comparisons should have been made.

      • elmaquino says:

        kinda like what i wrote about detroit on my site today. guys just never take a step back and put what they’re saying in perspective. IDK if it’s always been like this, but it seems like everyone’s a sensationalist.

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