July 25, 2021

San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers, 2012 World Series Game 2 rewatch (McCovey Chronicles)

Due to the coronavirus outbreak suspending the 2020 MLB season, we’re rewatching the three San Francisco Giants postseason runs, game-by-game, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. PT, with a gamethread for each.

For the first time all postseason, the San Francisco Giants go into a game with a series lead. They never led in the NLDS, falling behind the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 before putting together a three-game win streak. They never led in the NLCS either, falling behind the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 and then 3-1, only to mount a second three-game win streak.

But after hilariously dominating the Barry Zito vs. Justin Verlander matchup in Game 1, winning 8-3, the Giants now hold a 1-0 lead over the AL champion Detroit Tigers. So instead of playing catchup, they can try to expand their lead in Game 2.

To do so they turn to Madison Bumgarner, who finished the season with a 16-11 record, a 3.37 ERA, a 3.50 FIP, and 191 strikeouts in 208.1 innings.

The Tigers are giving the ball to Doug Fister, who finished the year with a 10-10 record, a 3.45 ERA, a 3.42 FIP, and 137 strikeouts in 161.2 innings.

We’re starting this rewatch at the same time as all of the…

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