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Giants vs. Tigers -- World Series Game 3 stat pack

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Giants vs. Tigers -- World Series Game 3 stat pack

The Giants have a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series. As the series shifts east to Comerica Park in Detroit, take a look at the in-depth statistics:

Giants History When Taking a 2-0 Lead in World Series
1922 vs Yankees Won Series 4-0
1933 vs Senators Won Series 4-1
1954 vs Indians Won Series 4-0
2010 vs Rangers Won Series 4-1

Longest Scoreless Streak to Start World Series Career
Christy Mathewson NYG 1905-11 28.0
Jim Lonborg BOS 1967 17.0
Duster Mails CLE 1920 15.2
Bruce Hurst BOS 1986 15.0
Madison Bumgarner SF 2010-12 15.0

Giants Starters Last 5 Games
Record 5-0
ERA 0.55
Opp Avg .195
HR 0
IP 33.0
Walks 6
Strikeouts 30

Giants best streak of starting pitching came from June 24-28
Starts 5
Rec 4-0
ERA 0.24
Opp Avg .148
HR 0
IPER 371

Giants History
Most Hits in a Single Postseason
J.T. Snow 2002 22
Kenny Lofton 2002 21
Pablo Sandoval 2012 21
Marco Scutaro 2012 19

Tigers Trailing 0-2 in World Series
1907 vs Cubs Lost Series 0-4
1908 vs Cubs Lost Series 1-4

This Postseason -- Record with 1st Run
Scoring First Allowing 1st
Giants 8-1 1-4
Tigers 5-1 2-3
This Postseason: Teams scoring first are 25-10

This Postseason -- After 4 Innings
Leading Tied
Giants 6-0 3-0
Opponents 5-0 0-3

Former Cy Young Winners as Starters to Relieve in World Series Since 1970
Year Game
Vida Blue 1972 1,3,4
Catfish Hunter 1977 5
Jim Palmer 1983 3
David Cone 2000 4
Randy Johnson 2002 7
Tim Lincecum 2012 1

Detroit Tigers This Season (Reg & Post)
Home Road
Record 54-31 41-47

Detroit Tigers This Season (Reg & Post)
vs LHP vs RHP
Record 29-28 66-50
When opposing team starts a lefty or righty

Jim Leyland Career in Postseason
Games Record: 39-32
Series Record: 8-7
Career in World Series: 1-1
Series Record:
1997 with Marlins -- Won 4-3
2006 with Tigers -- Lost 1-4
2012 with Tigers -- 0-2

Bruce Bochy
Career Record vs Jim Leyland: 42-24

Manager Comparison
Bruce Bochy Jim Leyland
Seasons 18 21
Wins 1,456 1,676
Win .502 .503
WS Won 1 1
Pennants Won 3 3

The Giants and Tigers meetings in Detroit
Wins SF DET
2005 in DET 1 2
2011 in DET 2 1

The Giants played only one game this season with a gametime temp below 50 degrees:
April 23 at New York (2nd Game)
49 Degrees
Giants won 7-2
Hector Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval hit home runs
WP: Bumgarner (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER)

Giants DHs This Season
Starts AVG HR RBIs
Posey 3 .273 (3-11) 0 1
Sandoval 2 .125 (1-8) 0 0
Sanchez 1 1-3 0 0
Pagan 1 1-3 0 0
Christian 1 0-3 0 0
Blanco 1 0-3 0 0

Longest Giants Postseason Win Streaks
2012 5
1905-11 4
1921-22 4
1922-23 4
1954 4
2002 4

Giants 5-Game Postseason Winning Streak
Longest in Franchise History
Record 5-0
AVG .269
RGM 6.0
HR 5
Team ERA 0.80

Giants in Eastern Time Zone (Reg & Post)
at Atlanta 2-1
at Cincinnati 4-2
at Miami 2-2
at New York 3-1
at Philadelphia 2-1
at Pittsburgh 1-2
at Washington 0-3
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Overall 14-12

Giants Offense This Postseason
Hitters 1 through 4 -- .286 Avg 10 HR 35 RBIs
Hitters 5 through 9 -- .191 Avg 3 HR 21 RBIs

Detroit Tigers Last 8 Home Games (Reg & Post)
Record 8-0
AVG .303
RGM 4.5
HR 9
ERA 2.00
Opp Avg .185
4-0 in Postseason

Giants Pitching in the First Five Innings
Last 5 Games
25 IP
0 Runs
15 Hits
4 Walks
1 HBP

Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick

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Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick

LOS ANGELES — The Giants have a pretty strong track record when picking in the top five of the MLB Draft. In 1985, they took Will Clark with the second overall selection, and Clark remains the highest-drafted player in franchise history. A year later, Matt Williams was taken third overall. Jason Grilli at No. 4 in 1997 is rather forgettable, but taking Buster Posey with the fifth pick in 2008 led to three titles. 

With a week of baseball remaining, the Giants are a lock to pick in the top four of next year’s draft. A few days ago, they looked like a pretty strong bet to pick first overall, but the standings — the bottom of them, at least — have tightened in recent days. Here’s a look at the contenders, so to speak … 

White Sox (63-92): No team went into tank mode this year quite like Chicago, with trades of just about every big piece on the roster. But a funny thing has happened … they’ve actually played decent baseball down the stretch. The White Sox are 11-12 in September after a blowout of the Royals on Sunday. They finish up with four against the Angels and three against the Indians, so they should get pretty close to 100 losses. 

Phillies (62-94): They have looked all along like the team to beat, but they hurt their top-pick chances by taking three of four from the Dodgers last week. They host the Nationals and Mets this week. 

Tigers (62-94): All of a sudden, they’re the biggest road block for the Giants. The Tigers have lost seven straight and they’re 4-20 in September. They finish up with three against the Royals and three against the Twins, and all six games are on the road. 

Giants (61-95): Can we stop for a moment and appreciate this. We’ve been talking about it for five months, but still, it’s pretty amazing that a $200 million team is headed into the final week with a very good shot at having the worst record in Major League Baseball. What an awful season this has been. Having said that, the Giants have not shown any signs of actually tanking, and manager Bruce Bochy said this weekend that he won’t shut any players down. So, it’s on to Phoenix, where the Giants have lost six of seven this season but the Diamondbacks might chill out a bit after clinching a postseason spot. They’ll face Zack Godley, Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke. The season ends with three at home against the Padres. The Giants have struggled against the Padres for the last year and a half, but they’ll have Matt Cain going in an emotional start and Madison Bumgarner will also get a game. 

Given another look at fastball, Williamson gets revenge against Kershaw

Given another look at fastball, Williamson gets revenge against Kershaw

LOS ANGELES — Mac Williamson was sent up to pinch-hit when the Giants faced Clayton Kershaw earlier this month, and on a two-strike count, he watched as Kershaw shook off five different signs as he stood on the mound. Kershaw then froze Williamson with a fastball. It was a good lesson for Williamson, a player still trying to find his footing at the big league level.

“He’s a guy you can’t really guess with,” Williamson said. 

The outfielder admits he tends to overthink things. “I’m a perfectionist,” he said Sunday. But given a start against Kershaw, Williamson let his talent — and a little luck — take over. Williamson’s first hit off Kershaw was a bleeder that resulted in an infield hit. His second bounced through the middle of the infield for a single. The third one was the highlight of the day for the Giants. 

Kershaw had a shutout going when he tried to sneak a first-pitch fastball past Williamson in the eighth. He blasted it to dead center. It was the only run for the Giants in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. 

“It’s good to see him get those swings off,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That homer was to the big part of the park. It shows how strong he is.”

The Giants have always known Williamson has the strength and raw talent. He hasn’t stuck for a number of reasons, including injuries and that aforementioned tendency sometimes to overthink at the plate. It probably hasn’t helped, either, that the Giants tend to sit him for days at a time and then play him against the Kershaws and Zack Greinkes and Rich Hills of the world. 

Williamson took advantage of the tough assignment on Sunday, joining a small group of Giants who have three hits in a game off Kershaw. 

“Hunter was ahead of me,” he said, smiling. “He beat me to it.”

Pence also had three hits, giving the Giants six from the corners against the best pitcher in the game. It wasn’t enough, but for Williamson, it was something to build off as the offseason approaches. He said it’s a winter he doesn’t plan to take lightly. Williamson’s agents are working to line up a Winter Ball job in the Dominican Republic.