Pitching was, in fact, the key to the kingdom.
On a strength of a good, young pitching staff — and some hits when they really needed them — the Giants finished off an improbable postseason run by sweeping the Tigers in the World Series. Last night’s Game 4 finished the job, with Marco Scutaro driving in the winning run with a 10th-inning single off former Yankees lefty Phil Coke. Giants closer Sergio Romo struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th, beginning with former Yankees prospect Austin Jackson and ending with triple-crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
So, that’s it.
Baseball’s offseason officially begins today.
Players eligible to become free agents will file immediately. It shouldn’t take long for us to know whether the Yankees are picking up the options on Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, and whether Rafael Soriano will opt out of his current contract. By the end of the week, the Yankees will have decided whether to extend qualifying offers to Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda and (probably) Soriano.
Winter came early for the Yankees, but the offseason didn’t truly begin until today.
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