San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey hits a grand slam off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Cincinnati. It was the third grand slam in Giants' postseason history. Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, was the 2012 NL Batting Champion after hitting .336 with 24 home runs and 103 runs batted in.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain delivers against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Cain threw a perfect game, striking out 14 in San Francisco's 10-0 victory over Houston. The 28-year-old pitcher went 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 193 strikeouts during the regular season
Pablo Sandoval (48) of the San Francisco Giants reacts after he is unable to get out Allen Craig (21) of the St. Louis Cardinals on an infield hit in the seventh inning in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. Sandoval, who had a disappointing regular season that was marred by a hamstring injury and subsequent weight gain, has been on a tear in the postseason entering the World Series.
Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Entering the World Series, Vogelsong had allowed just three earned runs over 19 innings pitched in the playoffs with an 18-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 25-year-old Right-hander went 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA during the regular season.
San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro grimaces as his leg is caught under a sliding St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday on a double play attempt during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League championship series Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in San Francisco. Scutaro hit .306 this year over 620 at-bats with seven homers, 74 RBI and nine stolen bases. He also hit 32 doubles and scored 87 runs.
Pitcher Sergio Romo (54) of the San Francisco Giants reacts after the Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012, in San Francisco, California. Romo was never declared the Giants closer at any point in 2012, but he recorded eight of the team's last 11 saves during the regular season and 14 saves overall.
Angel Pagan (16) of the San Francisco Giants slides into home plate against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif. The 31-year-old Pagan hit .288 with 95 runs and 29 stolen bases for the Giants during the regular season.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito throws during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in St. Louis. Zito, who won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award as a member of the Oakland A's, finished the 2012 regular season 7-0 with a 3.92 ERA in his final 11 starts of the year, and posted his first winning record with the Giants in 2012.
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits a three-run double during the third inning of Game 7 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. Pence, who was acquired from the Phillies in a mid-season trade, hit .253 with 24 home runs and 104 runs batted in during the regular season.
Tim Lincecum (55) of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at the Great American Ball Park on Oct. 10, 2012 in Cincinnati. The two-time Cy Young winner struggled during the regular season but was strong out of the bullpen during the NLDS against the Reds.