The postseason was full of strange but true feats, led by the series winning Giants, who rode their magic carpet all the way to the title.
How did the Giants win the World Series? Two words: Madison Bumgarner. His five-inning shutout effort in relief earned him MVP honors and a secure place among the Fall Classic greats, Jayson Stark writes.
It wasn't a classic Game 6, but it was a thing of beauty for the Royals, who used a seven-run second inning to blow out the Giants and force a Game 7, Jayson Stark writes.
With secret weapon Yusmeiro Petit leading the way, the Giants avoided the Royals' vaunted bullpen trio and rallied to win Game 4 and tie the Series.
Ned Yost continues to be questioned about his in-game moves, but there's no question about which team (his Royals) has the edge in the World Series.
How much will the lack of a DH, namely Billy Butler, hurt the Royals in San Francisco? We're about to find out.
Hunter Pence's first-inning home run helped the Giants win Game 1 ... and potentially the World Series.
There is perhaps no player more "Jeter-esque" in baseball than Giants catcher Buster Posey, who is chasing his third World Series title in five seasons.
Journeyman Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run in the ninth to seal their NLCS win delivered perhaps the Giants' most surprising way to win yet, writes Jayson Stark.
The Giants continue to find new and amazing ways to win postseason games, Jayson Stark writes.
Coming back to with a throwaway win in Game 3 on a bunt attempt? Of course, because that's the "ugly but it works" Giants, writes Jayson Stark.
Yadier Molina's strained oblique should keep him out Game 3. Or should it? Stay tuned -- his status remains uncertain.
Kolten Wong's walk-off home run in Game 2 put him in exclusive company as the Cardinals achieved an impressive comeback win to tie up the NLCS.
Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is the best pitcher left in the postseason, and he proved it with 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Cardinals in Game 1, Jayson Stark writes.
The Giants and the Cardinals, who've combined to win the past four NL pennants, are no strangers to postseason experience.
The Giants scored all their runs without a ball leaving the infield, yet it was enough to eliminate the Nationals and advance to the NLCS.