SAN FRANCISCO -- This is the Giants' World Series now, and if you think they are ever letting go, you haven't been watching them lately.
This is the Giants' World Series, from the first tense at-bat to the roaring last out and all the unbelievable, mesmerizing, quirky moments in between.
This is theirs, all theirs -- this series has the Giants' tone, energy, mood and rhythm.
The Giants have taken the first two games over Detroit, they have two more victories to go, and all omens and indications point to the pure inevitability of another Giants title, another Champagne celebration and another parade.
Of course, the Giants can't say or even really think any of this yet. That's not their style.
After their taut 2-0 victory Thursday at AT&T Park, they made sure to keep calm and even-keeled.
"You can't count anybody out -- I mean, look at what we were able to do the last couple rounds," closer Sergio Romo said, referring to the Giants' big comebacks over Cincinnati and St. Louis. "You definitely can't count that (Tigers) team out. ... But we like our position, we like our chances, the way our team's fought. ... Yeah, we definitely like our chances."
In this series, the Giants are pitching better, including Madison Bumgarner's magnificent seven shutout innings Thursday, bouncing back from his recent struggles.
The Giants are putting together more offense, including scoring both of their runs Thursday
And the Giants are finding the right pieces and plugging them in at the right time, just as they did in 2010.
That's when, as you remember, they went up 2-0 at home and won the World Series in five games over the Texas Rangers.
"It's not over yet," second baseman Marco Scutaro cautioned. "Those guys over there, if they get hot, they can do a lot of damage.
"We just need to keep fighting."
But right now, the Giants have a few things going for them -- the victories, the emotion, the execution and the momentum.
And the Giants are fighters, too, as St. Louis and Cincinnati can attest.
On Thursday, the Giants also had Detroit's elite hitters, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, twisting and contorting in frustration after failing to push across runs time and again.
And after Barry Zito and Bumgarner captured Games 1 and 2, now the Giants have their two grittiest starters, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain, set up to pitch Games 3 and 4 in Detroit.
"(Vogelsong and Cain are) the two pitchers who have meant so much to us in big-game situations," reliever Jeremy Affeldt said. "It's not bad to say that we are in a really good spot being up 2-0 with two of our strongest starters (set to go)."
By the way, dating to their 2010 victory over Texas, the Giants are 6-1 in their past two World Series appearances.
Something about the World Series suits them.
After the angst of the Giants' first two rounds this year, the World Series has taken on a crisper, sharper feel for them.
It's the Giants tightening up, making the great defensive plays and doing just enough offensively to win these games.
On Thursday, Detroit's best scoring chance came in the second inning when Bumgarner hit Fielder with a pitch to lead off the inning and Delmon Young promptly rocketed a double down the left-field line.
Fielder chugged around third, got the "go" sign, and then was thrown out at home by Scutaro -- the secondary relay man.
The Giants made the play, their opponent did not, a very familiar and poignant playoff story.
And though Detroit starter Doug Fister pitched beautifully, the Giants nudged across a run in the seventh -- Hunter Pence scored when Brandon Crawford hit into a double play -- and that was all that was necessary.
"That's what it takes -- when you see a team win a World Series, there are a lot of things that have to go right," Affeldt said. "Ball's got to bounce your way; we've seen that. You've got to have different pitchers step up. You're going to have the unsung hero, the guy no one thought was going to do anything do something great.
"You're seeing that, and you're seeing guys that maybe were struggling a little bit all of a sudden step up and do it."
They keep doing it. They keep winning series. They are a form of baseball inevitability now -- the Giants are getting the breaks and making their own breaks and just are a superior team.
This is their series. This is who they are. There are two more victories to get, but in many broader ways, the Giants are much more than halfway there already.