The wait is over!
The Tigers swept the New York Yankees in four games, and have been waiting since last Thursday to see who they would be facing in the Fall Classic. During their 4 days off, the Tigers played two scrimmages against their fall instructional league team to stay sharp, and are ready to head to the west coast to meet their opponents.
San Francisco took a completely different route to make it to the final series of the season. Down 2-0 in the Divisional Series, and then again down 3 games to 1 in the NCLS, the Giants seem to only be able to turn it on when their backs are against the wall, winning 6 elimination games in a row. They will host the Tigers to start the series.
The Giants used a 5 man pitching rotation all season long, and all 5 have gotten at least one start in the post season. Over the last three elimination games, San Francisco’s pitching staff gave up just one run in just over twenty innings of work. It is a testament to their determination and focus, and without that type of performance, the Giants would be watching the St. Louis Cardinals chase a repeat as MLB Champions,
The Tigers did their backs against the wall act before the playoffs even began, having to catch up and pass the Chicago White Sox in the last few weeks of the regular season to win the Al Central. Since the start of post season play, Detroit’s starting rotation has been nearly impossible to hit. Led by Justin Verlander, not one of the Tiger’s four starters has an ERA higher than 1.35 in post season play.
The Giant’s bats have been active this post season, sending 53 men across home plate. This was done with their regular season home run leader, Buster Posey, batting just .178. In contrast, the Tigers have scored just 36 runs, playing in 3 fewer games.
Surprisingly, between both teams, just three of the 16 regular positional players have a batting average higher than .300. With the Giants going up against the Tigers pitching staff, it is likely the Tigers will have the better opportunity to increase their averages.
This series is everything that is great about baseball. We have the team that never gives up. They face the reigning AL MVP and the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. The Tigers made it to the Fall Classic in 2006 and lost. The Giants are just two years removed, and they won. There is a story line here for everyone, and this promises to be a great contest between two worthy teams.
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