Ten good reasons why the San Francisco Giants need to finish this World Series on Sunday

San Francisco Giants’ Sergio Romo reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers’ Omar Infante to end Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Detroit. The Giants defeated the Tigers 2-0. The Giants lead the series 3-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Giants are up 3 games to none in the World Series, which is better than 2-1 and certainly better than being down 1-2 or 0-3.

But nothing is certain. And the Giants don’t need to give the Tigers a spark.

So here are 10 good reason why the Giants need to finish this TODAY.

NO. 10 — The 49ers play on Monday night.

San Francisco fans don’t need dueling sporting events. If the Giants don’t win Sunday, they would play at 5:07 p.m. Monday with the 49ers kicking off vs. the Cardinals at 5:30 p.m. in another key NFC West matchup. So, c’mon Giants, let’s clear the schedule for the 49ers.

NO. 9 — No double-dip mojo

MoreSplashHits follows three sports teams in the fall: the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers and the Oregon State Beavers. We haven’t been able to get two wins on the same day this October. On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Beavers beat Washington State, but the Giants lost to the Reds. The next day, the 49ers buried the Jets, but the Giants lost again to the Reds. On Oct. 13, the Beavers beat BYU, but the Giants were off. The next day, the 49ers lost to the N.Y. Giants, and the Giants lost to the Cardinals (a bad day). The following Thursday, the 49ers beat the Seahawks, but the Giants lost to the Cardinals. The next Saturday, the Beavers beat Arizona, but the Giants were off. And yesterday, the Giants beat the Tigers, but the OSU lost to Washington. The Giants and 49ers would both play Monday if the Giants don’t seal the deal Sunday. So, Giants, seal the deal.

NO. 8 — Cain Day is Clincher Day

The Giants are up 3-0 and they haven’t even thrown their ace. It can’t work out much better for the Giants. Plus, Matt Cain was on the mound when the Giants clinched the NLDS vs. the Reds. He was on the mound when they clinched the NLCS vs. the Cardinals. He’s out there again.

NO. 7 — Max Scherzer is on the mound

While the Giants throw out their ace, the Tigers counter with their No. 4 pitcher. Yes, Scherzer has a postseason ERA under 1.00, but he’s also been battling a shoulder issue. This should be the Giants’ big opportunity to score some runs.

NO. 6 — I’ve got stuff to do Monday

My schedule is clear Sunday to watch the Giants … and celebrate. On Monday, there are things to do, places to be. I don’t want to watch the Giants on the DVR Monday. Win this today

NO. 5 — History says they should win today.

Of the 23 teams to go up 3-0 in a best-of-seven World Series, 20 have gone on to clinch in Game 4. The three others won in Game 5.

NO. 4 — The weather

Sunday’s forecast is good in Detroit. But rain creeps in the picture on Monday with 40 percent chance of PM showers. If those showers are heavy and persistent enough to postpone the game, rain is in the forecast all day Tuesday, and it remains in the forecast in some form Wednesday and Thursday.

NO. 3 — Verlander

The Giants tagged Justin Verlander in Game 1. The odds of a repeat are long. Yes, they beat Cliff Lee twice in 2010, but the second game was much tougher than the first.

NO. 2 — Barry Zito

Zito has been very, very good his last two starts. The Giants have won his last 14 starts. Do we really want to temp that mojo? Something has to give eventually, and I’d rather that happen next April.

NO. 1 — Champagne is way better the Alka-Seltzer

Giants fans have endured enough stress and angst, not only this postseason, but the entire season. We don’t need more stress. Not sure we can take it. A party is ready to happen. LET’S DO THIS NOW!!!!!!!


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