Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|The Giants have seen this before, this being a stretch when enough runs couldn't be bought, borrowed, leased or imported. But they have also survived these stretches to find themselves in the World Series for the third time in five years. So this is no time to abandon hope.
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|The Giants are the classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Put them up, man-for-man against some other teams, and maybe the other guys seem more impressive. But put the Giants together and they're in the World Series for the third time in five years.
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|Hunter Strickland may have three-digit velocity. He may have terrific potential. But his time is not the 2014 postseason, particularly the 2014 World Series. You can tell, because he keeps giving up home runs -- five of them in 5 1/3 innings over seven postseason appearances.
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|The Giants are 5-1 on the road this postseason. And for a club that hasn't had home-field advantage in any of the rounds, road performance is a necessity. The other half of it is this: The opposition can't have a home-field advantage when Madison Bumgarner starts on the road, in the postseason, for the Giants. He gives up runs in October at roughly the rate of one every four years.
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|Is it possible to have a dynasty only in even-numbered years? In an era of baseball parity, the answer is yes. This is the most anyone could reasonably expect out of one team. That team in this case would be the San Francisco Giants.
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|Twenty-five years ago, October in the Bay Area, joy and jubilation were mingled with death and devastation. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that interrupted the 1989 World Series, there was no knowledge about the enormity and the tragedy of this event.
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|The St. Louis Cardinals cannot possibly be the same team without the services of catcher Yadier Molina. And yet, in the exalted realm of October baseball, this cannot be an all-purpose excuse. In fact, the Cardinals are 0-2 in the National League Championship Series games in which Molina has been absent since he sustained a left oblique strain. But the way the Cardinals lost these two games did not point to Molina's absence as the chief culprit.
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|This had all the earmarks of a truly heartening Cardinals comeback victory -- until the bottom of the 10th inning. But despite a tough loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday, the Cards displayed the resilience that has become their hallmark.
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|This is one of the reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals are winners: They could have one of baseball's best excuses for not succeeding. And they will not take it. Catcher Yadier Molina, the Cardinals' most valuable player and one of the most valuable players in all of baseball, is "day to day" with a strained left oblique.
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|The most important player on the team is injured. And then the St. Louis Cardinals come from behind to win. That sequence of events Sunday night in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series reminded you of something you already knew about the Cardinals. When adversity strikes, they don't look for the nearest exit.
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|Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is confident that his crew will demonstrate the kind of resilience that has been one of the best characteristics of his club in recent seasons starting in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series tonight. And the Cards can take heart from the fact that, no matter what else happens, they won't be facing Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
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|Only one Major League team has been to a League Championship Series in each of the last four years. Hint: Its uniforms feature birds on bats.
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|When people tell you that the San Francisco Giants were a "surprise" winner over the Washington Nationals, you can recite the appropriate series pitching statistics to them. These numbers will remove any and all elements of surprise.
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|It is time for the Washington Nationals to display their better selves, to demonstrate why they were the National League's best team over 162 regular-season games. "We don't have a choice," Nats manager Matt Williams said Sunday when asked about his club's plans to bounce back from a 2-0 NL Division Series deficit against the San Francisco Giants.
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|The Giants' 3-2 victory over the Nationals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series was their typical combination of fine pitching, solid defense and just enough timely hitting.
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|The Washington Nationals became, by record, the best team in the National League in 2014. The San Francisco Giants became the NL's No. 2 Wild Card team. But if you add up those two facts and come up with "mismatch," you will have reached a shaky conclusion.
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|On the issue of naming a Game 1 starter for the National League Division Series, there was not an incorrect decision for Matt Williams to make.
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|It is not Ron Roenicke's fault that the Brewers went 9-22 in their last 31 games of this season. But when blamed is placed, the manager is often the first in line.
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|Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig said that he was made speechless by the honor. So you knew that this was truly an historic occasion. The Milwaukee Brewers announced Friday that they would retire uniform No. 1 in Selig's honor at a ceremony next season.
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|For many people, the narrative of the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers' season is that, inevitably, the talent eventually carried the day. But general manager Ned Colletti has a view of his club that tends to focus more readily on the intangibles.
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