Giants Score 20 Runs in First Two Games, Hell Freezes Over
When I first used the term “Postseason Weirdness Theory,” I thought I had a pretty good grasp of what it meant. I thought it meant that because the postseason is a small sample size of at-bats, it’s impossible to predict. Game 2 of the World Series redefined the term completely.
It was a game where Edgar Renteria’s first extra-base hit since mid-September came on a home run in a scoreless ballgame. Ian Kinsler hit a ball that was literally centimeters away from being a home run, but instead ended up a double. The Rangers bullpen suffered a complete meltdown, walking in two runs before Edgar Renteria picked up another two RBI’s on a single. Aaron Rowand then tripled in two more. Aaron. Rowand. Wow. To top it all off, last night’s four-hit hero Freddy Sanchez became just the second player in World Series history to strike out twice in an inning. The other man who did it? Edgar Renteria in Game 6 way back in 1997. On an unrelated sidenote, as I wrote that, Edgar just took another swig of unicorn blood to revive his completely torn bicep.
The Giants had no business scoring 20 runs in the first two games. Pundits said that the Giants were going to struggle to score runs just like they did in the NLCS. Hell, I thought they would struggle to score runs too. No one, and I mean no one, was expecting this brand of strangeness to take place though. In two games of the World Series, the Giants have already scored more runs than they did in six games in the NLCS. On the pitching side, Matt Cain has yet to give up an earned run in the postseason. And the icing on the cake? The Ranger bullpen has been really, really bad. There isn’t a Heath Bell, Craig Kimbrel, or Ryan Madson to found in that relief corps, no sir.
So now we have a day off to soak in the glory that was those first two games before the Giants hit the road and go to Texas. Game 3 will be a clean slate, but Game’s 1 and 2 were fantastically bizarre. The one thing we can all take from this is that you absolutely cannot attempt to predict the Giants. Win or lose, they’re going to do something that defies your expectations. If you attempt to predict the outcome, they’ll go ahead and do the exact opposite, so don’t bother trying. Man. What a game.