Things didn’t necessarily start the way that San Francisco Giants had hoped in the early going of the 2010 baseball odds season but they sure finished well. After striking out the batter he faced in the bottom on the ninth in Game 5 of the World Series Giants’ reliever Brian Wilson was the first to celebrate the team’s first World Series title in 56 years and the first that the franchise had won since moving West in the middle of the 20th century.
And even though the unsung heroes of the Giant’s lineup like the diminutive Cody Ross, the unwanted Aubry Huff and the World Series MVP Edgar Renteria stepped huge in the World Series for an explosion of unexpected runs, in the end it was the Giants famed pitching that got them through to the end.
For many Giant’s it seemed like just reaching the post season might be an impossible task for team that was at one point in the season 40-41 and trailed the San Diego Padres in the NL West for nearly the entire season. Add to that the fact that Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum had his worst statistical season as major league starter (16-10, 3.43 ERA) and #2 starter Matt Cain also had an off year (13-11, 3.45 ERA).
But after clinching the NL West on the final day of the season, this team made the most of its post season berth by bashing opponents’ pitching and shutting down batters all the way to the World Series betting action.
No one in July would have bet on the MLB World Series title landing in San Fran but once the Giants got into the playoffs the starting pitching and closer Brian Wilson made sure that this team didn’t go home empty handed.
Lincecum started off the postseason with one of the best playoff pitching performances in history in a 2-hit complete game shutout in which he struck out 14 batters. In the end he was the best pitcher in the playoffs this year with a 4-1 record and a 2.43 ERA with 43 Ks in 37 innings.
Cain was right there with him, perhaps even more impressive in his three playoff starts as he pitched 21.1 innings without giving up a single run (0.00 ERA) and a 2-0 record. And rookie Madison Bumgartner pitched the game of his life in Game 4 of the World Series shutting out the Rangers in a 4-0 win. Wilson was also spectacular as well as he racked 6 saves and 1 win on the Giants dash to the World Series title.