For the second time in three years, the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series. The Giants swept the AL Champion Detroit Tigers in four games, winning a thriller 4-3 in extra innings to clinch the title. The Tigers came into the series as the favorite, with a Cy Young Winner on the mound and baseball’s first triple crown winner in decades in their lineup. Detroit had swept the mighty New York Yankees to reach the series, but it was not enough to overcome the Giants.
Pablo Sandoval was named MVP of the World Series after his three homer performance in Game 1. He finished with a .500 batting average for the series. Sandoval had a much better time around this year than he did in the Giants previous trip to the series in 2010. That year he only played in one game and went hitless in three at bats.
The Giants were nearly swept in the Divisional playoffs by the Cincinnati Reds. They managed to win the series by overcoming a series of nail biters. San Francisco then fell behind the St. Louis Cardinals three games to one in the NLCS. It was at this point that the Giants hit their stride, winning seven straight games to clinch the World Series title. It was a remarkable turnaround. In sweeping the Tigers, the Giants become only the fifth NL team to sweep the World Series in the past 90 years.