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Two more wins.
That’s how much the Giants need to win their second championship in three years.
They can celebrate that feat tomorrow night if they can find a way to win Game 3 of the World Series tonight at Comerica Park, which is where the series shifts.
The Giants know what’s at stake. This is why they have to do whatever it takes to win tonight. If they win this game, this will be a lost cause for the Tigers.
Even if the Tigers managed to win the next two games after losing Game 3, it’s hard to believe they can win a game at AT&T Park.
The Giants feel good about themselves. They have put everything together with timely hitting, efficient pitching and superb defense. They have been on a roll since winning Game 5 of the National League championship series. This may be the best baseball they have played all season.
Confidence can be a beautiful thing, and that’s what the Giants have right now. They know they can win every game. That attitude was developed last weekend, and it carried over to the first two games of the World Series. There was no question they were going to pick up where they left off after the NLCS.
It seems the Giants are destined to win it with the way everything has gone for them. How else can one explain Pablo Sandoval turning into a combo of Babe Ruth, Albert Pujols and Reggie Jackson by hitting three runs in a World Series game? How else can one explain Gregor Blanco executing a bunt that appeared foul but went fair that loaded the bases with no out in the seventh inning? That play was crucial as Brandon Crawford hit into a double play that scored Hunter Pence from third, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead in Game 2 of the World Series.
The Giants know they have a good thing going, but they also know all of this momentum can go away quickly. They experienced it firsthand when it appeared the Reds and Cardinals were going to beat them in their respective playoff series. It was late in the series when they turned it around in both rounds. They know what the Tigers can do.
This is why the Giants have to play much better than they played in the first two games of the World Series. They know the Tigers are a great home team. They know their opponent is capable of winning three straight with them being the home team.
Still, all the Giants have to do is win one game at Comerica Park to derail the Tigers’ momentum. That’s why tonight’s game is important.
If there is one team that can win at Comerica Park, it’s the Giants. That’s a team that has had experience of winning postseason games in hostile environments such as Arlington, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Atlanta and St. Louis. They know what to do as a road team. That’s where they play their best baseball, so they have that going for them.
It would be a neat feeling for them to win a championship on the road. Winning on the road is hard for team. It takes a great team to find a way to win as a visitor in the postseason.
The Giants have three shots of getting it done. Their goal is to end this as quickly as possible. They don’t want to run on fumes as the series goes on, and they don’t want to give the Tigers any more confidence. They know firsthand how things change quickly in the playoff series.
With the Giants throwing their best pitchers on the mound in Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain in Game 3 and 4, they like their chances to win these two games.
It will be interesting how the Giants fare tonight. If they can get off to a good start, that would be a psychological lift for them. That means they know they can finish the Tigers off.
The Giants will be out there with nothing to lose. The pressure is on the Tigers to win at their park, as they try to win their home games to stay alive.
The Giants are in a good place. They envision a celebration real soon. They put in the work for them to let this opportunity to slip away.
They worked hard all year to be in this position. They know they can reach immortality soon.
It’s the hardest two wins the Giants have to get for them to be where they want to be.
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