The San Francisco Giants won the World Series for the second time in three years in 2012 (2010)! The Giants were 11-5 (68.8%) in the post-season this year. The Giants won the N.L. West by 8 games over the Dodgers with a 94-68 (58%) record during the regular season. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Giants in 2012, in my opinion:
Team MVP: Buster Posey - 25-year old righty swinging catcher Buster Posey was easily the best player for the Giants in 2012. He played in 148 games for the Giants last year and he was 178 of 530 (.336 avg, .957 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 24 homers, 103 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Posey has already been named the N.L. Comeback Player of the Year for 2012 and he could wind up winning the MVP Award too.
Best Pitcher: Matt Cain - 28-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Cain was by far the best pitcher on the Giants in 2012. Cain pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Giants this year and he was 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He only gave up 177 hits and 51 walks while whiffing 193 batters in 219 1/3 innings in 2012, which is pretty darn impressive.
Biggest Surprise: Barry Zito - 34-year old lefty starting pitcher Barry Zito really bounced back big time for the Giants in 2012. Zito started 32 games for the Giants this year and he was 15-8 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He gave up 186 hits and walked 70 batters while whiffing 114 batters in 184 1/3 innings in 2012.
Biggest Disappointment: Tim Lincecum - 28-year old righty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum was awful for the Giants during the regular season in 2012. He pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Giants in 2012 and he was 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Lincecum gave up 183 hits and he walked a staggering 90 batters while whiffing 190 of them in 186 innings pitched.