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A look at the 2012 San Francisco Giants.

Jeremy Affeldt: Pitcher

Regular season
IP           W-L    S    ERA    SO
63¹/³    1-2    3    2.70    57

Postseason
IP            W-L    S    ERA    SO
10¹/³    0-0    0    0.00    10

About: Affeldt was a lethal weapon out of the bullpen as a left-handed reliever who could get left-handed or right-handed batters out. He made his biggest statement by striking out four of Tigers’ best hitters during Game 4 of the World Series.

Joaquin Arias: Infielder

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.270    30    5    34    .304

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.375    3    0    0    .375

About: Arias got plenty of chances to flash his skills this season, filling in for Pablo Sandoval at third while the Panda was on the DL. He got the job done with the bat as well, smacking a pair of doubles and scoring twice in the NLDS Game 4 win.

Brandon Belt: First base

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.275    47    7    56    .360

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.184    7    1    3    .286

About: The young first baseman came into his own during his first full season in the major leagues, as his average climbed throughout the season. Though his bat was quiet during the postseason, his defense remained stellar.

Gregor Blanco: Outfielder

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.244    56    5    34    .333
Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.235    10    1    5    .339

About: Blanco started the year as a regular, lost his job when Pence joined the team, then regained it two weeks later when Melky Cabrera was suspended. His diving catch in Matt Cain’s perfect game showed the world his defensive prowess.

Madison Bumgarner: Pitcher

Regular season
IP                W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
208¹/³    16-11    3.37    1.11    191

Postseason
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
15    1-2    6.00    1.40    14

About: Bumgarner was solid all year long only to falter during his first two playoff games. The slump ended just in time, however, as the lefty extended his scoreless-innings streak in the World Series to 15 while winning Game 2.

Matt Cain: Pitcher

Regular season
IP              W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
219¹/³    16-5    2.79    1.04    193

Postseason
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
30    2-2    3.60    1.13    20

About: What didn’t Cain do this year? A contract extension, a perfect game and starting the All-Star Game were all precursors to the postseason, where the young ace started the clinching game of each series.

Santiago Casilla: Pitcher

Regular season
IP           W-L    S    ERA    SO
63¹/³    7-6    25    2.84    55

Postseason
IP    W-L    S    ERA    SO
7    1-0    0    1.29    8

About: Casilla got the lion’s share of the save chances after Brian Wilson was shut down for the season. In the playoffs, he set things up in the late innings, putting out fires when coming in with men on base.

Brandon Crawford: Shortstop

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.248    44    4    45    .304

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.217    3    0    7    .321

About: The young shortstop earned the starting spot thanks to his superior defensive ability and did not disappoint. He committed only 18 errors all year, good enough for fourth fewest in the majors, and drove in seven runs in the postseason.

Aubrey Huff: 1B-OF

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.192    7    1    7    .326

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.111    1    0    0    .200

About: In a tough year for Huff personally and on the field, the first baseman embraced his role as a pinch-hitter and showed a newfound patience at the plate, drawing walks with regularity.

George Kontos: Pitcher

Regular season
IP           W-L    S    ERA    SO
43²/³    2-1    0    2.47    44

Postseason
IP         W-L    S    ERA    SO
5¹/³    0-0    0    6.75    2

About: Kontos put together a solid rookie campaign, regularly going longer than an inning in his relief appearances while racking up more than a strikeout per inning.

Tim Lincecum: Pitcher

Regular season
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
186    10-15    5.18    1.47    190

Postseason
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
17²/³    1-1    2.55    0.79    20

About: Lincecum may have had his worst year as a starter, but he thrived out of the bullpen in the postseason, consistently shutting down opponents in the middle and late innings in five relief appearances.

Javier Lopez: Pitcher

Regular season
IP    W-L    S    ERA    SO
36    3-0    7    1.42    28

Postseason
IP    W-L    S    ERA    SO
3    0-0    0    0.00    4

About: Lopez often only came in to face one or two batters at a time, but he was kryptonite to the opponents’ best left-handed hitters all year, holding them to a .191 batting average.

Jose Mijares: Pitcher

Regular season
IP           W-L    S    ERA    SO
56¹/³    3-2    0    2.56    57

Postseason
IP          W-L    S    ERA    SO
2²/³    0-0    0    10.12    4

About: Mijares came to the Giants in a trade with the Kansas City Royals during the regular season, providing another left-handed option in what was one of the best bullpens in the league all year.

Guillermo Mota: Pitcher

Regular season
IP            W-L    S    ERA    SO
20²/³    0-1    0    5.23    24

Postseason
IP        W-L    S    ERA    SO
1²/³    0-0    0    21.60    3

About: Mota missed 100 games this season after being suspended under the league’s banned-substances policy, but was effective when called upon in September for the Giants.

Xavier Nady: Outfielder

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.184    12    4    13    .253

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.000    0    0    0    .167

About: The Carmel native and Cal grad didn’t get much playing time with the Giants, serving as a fourth outfielder and a right-handed bat off the bench during the final month of the regular season.

Angel Pagan: Outfielder

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.288    95    8    56    .338

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.188    10    2    6    .230

About: Pagan made the offseason trade that brought him over from the New York Mets look lopsided, consistently setting the table for the middle of the order by stretching singles into doubles and doubles into triples, and stealing 29 bases.

Hunter Pence: Outfielder

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.253    87    24    104    .319

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.210    7    1    4    .231

About: Pence’s average dropped after coming over in a deal with Philadelphia, but he came through when it mattered most, as his double in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series drove in three runs. His pregame speeches are sure to become part of Giants lore.
Buster Posey: Catcher

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.336    78    24    103    .408

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.200    5    3    9    .294

About: Posey powered the Giants throughout the season and will likely be rewarded with the NL MVP award. While he hit only .200 in the postseason, his two-run homer in Game 4 of the World Series was instrumental in bringing a second title to San Francisco.

Sergio Romo: Pitcher

Regular season
IP           W-L    S    ERA    SO
55¹/³    4-2    14    1.79    63

Postseason
IP           W-L    S    ERA    SO
10²/³    1-0    4    0.84    9

About: Romo was part of a closer by committee for much of the season, and his performance was too good for manager Bruce Bochy to ignore, earning him the full-time job. Romo didn’t disappoint, as he was nearly perfect during the postseason.

Hector Sanchez: Catcher

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.280    22    3    34    .295

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.091    1    0    0    .231

About: The backup catcher showed he belongs in the big leagues with a solid rookie year. He got plenty of time behind the plate, as he served as the personal catcher for both Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum for stretches of 2012.

Pablo Sandoval: Third base

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.283    59    12    63    .342

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.364    9    6    13    .386

About: The “Kung-Fu Panda” made the All-Star Game despite missing more than a month due to a broken hamate bone, but got his power back just in time for the postseason and tied a record with three home runs in Game 1 of the World Series.

Marco Scutaro: Second base

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.306    87    7    74    .348

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.328    11    0    8    .377

About: Scutaro’s teammates called him the “blockbuster trade” of the season, and they weren’t far off. The deal with the Colorado Rockies didn’t get much hype, but the journeyman hit .362 with the Giants and earned NLCS MVP honors by going 14-for-28.

Ryan Theriot: Infielder

Regular season
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.270    45    0    28    .316

Postseason
Avg.    R    HR    RBI    OBP
.300    1    0    3    .364

About: Theriot’s role on the team changed constantly. He started in a platoon at second base, then briefly took over the starting spot before Marco Scutaro came over. Theriot’s patience was rewarded in Game 4 of the World Series and scored the go-ahead run.

Ryan Vogelsong: Pitcher

Regular season
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
189²/³    14-9    3.37    1.23    158

Postseason
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
24²/³    3-0    1.09    1.05    21

About: Vogelsong’s heartwarming tale continues to get better, as his second year back in the big leagues culminated in the playoffs. He got the Giants’ first comeback started by pitching five innings of one-run ball against Cincinnati after the team had lost its first two games.

Barry Zito: Pitcher

Regular season
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
184¹/³    15-8    4.15    1.39    114

Postseason
IP    W-L    ERA    WHIP    SO
16    2-0    1.69    1.38    13

About: When the Giants were still seeking their first win of the season, it was Zito who pitched a shutout in Colorado. When they were on life support again in the playoffs, he came through again with 7²/³ scoreless innings in St. Louis in Game 5 of the NLCS. — Ben Martin

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