Would the 2012 World Series Team Beat the 2013 USA WBC Team?
It’s an idea worth kicking around. Let’s compare the different factions of the teams. For the WBC, I’ll pick the player who I think is their best at each position. I’ll try to just compare their 2012 regular season’s except in certain cases where their 2012 playoff performances were just too dominant to ignore:
SF Giants: Pence, Pa….Gone!, Blanco
WBC: Braun, Stanton and Adam Jones
Edge: WBC. Easily.
WBC: David Wright
Edge: Giants. One of the most dominant MVP World Series performances in history.
Giants: Brandon Crawford
WBC: Jimmy Rollins
Edge: WBC. I love me some Crawford glove, but JR is still producing at a very high level and he’s simply a better overall player.
WBC: Brandon Phillips
Edge: Giants. While Phillips has a more accomplished career and the better overall 2012 season, what Scoots did for us in the 2nd half and in the playoffs was legendary.
Giants: Brandon Belt
WBC: Mark Teixeira
Edge: Giants. Just comparing their years, Belt didn’t have the stats to match Tex who had more bombs and RBI’s (24hr’s >7hrs and 84 rbi’s > 56 rbi’s). Belt did steal more bags (12>2) but came up a little shy in OPS (.807 > .771). Tex is a fantastic defensive player but I don’t think he’s better than Belt and I’ve watched both play many, many games. I’d still rather have Belt than Tex in this world series, Tex was hurt on and off all year and just looked done at the end of the season. Belt didn’t hit much in the playoffs but he was still the better player, in my opinion, at the end of 2012…….
Edge: Giants. Hands down.
Starting Pitching (I’m going to give them Voggy just to give them a chance in this category):
Giants: Cain, Bumgarner, Zito
WBC: Voggy, Dickey, Medlen
Edge: Giants. Maybe a tie. nope, Giants, just for Zito’s huge, MAN-child pitching performances vs the Cardinals and the Tigers. 13 innings, 1 earned run. Epic. He’s one of my all time Giant’s hero’s for what he did to help bring us the trophy last year.
Not gonna list off all of the players,
Edge: Giants. Blind call made easily.
Edge: WBC. Romo was fantastic but Kimbrel was incredible last year.
I think we’d likely win, especially if you factor in our secret weapon (Timmy) so brilliantly created and used by Bochy in the 2012 playoffs. But I’m open to a differing opinion…..