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5 Reasons Detroit Tigers Will Win World Series

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5 Reasons Detroit Tigers Will Win World Series

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics in a five-game American League Divisional Series and swept the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series to advance to their first World Series since 2006. The Tigers are running on all cylinders in the 2012 postseason and have exactly what it takes to win the title.

Detroit has not played since last week Thursday, which means they have had plenty of time to rest up. Some say all of that time off is bad news because the team is no longer in a groove while others believe it is good to relax and stay clear minded before a World Series showdown. Personally, I would rather have my team running on all cylinders heading into the Series but the Tigers certainly cannot help it that they thoroughly defeated their opponents.

On the other hand, Jim Leyland is an old fashioned manager who will not allow his team to sit back and expect a victory. The Tigers have been mentally and physically preparing for the World Series all week as the team should be 100 percent ready to take on the San Francisco Giants. Not to mention, the veteran players with playoff experience will not allow a sweep of the Yankees go to the team’s head.

Except a well fought series with plenty of drama as the Tigers and Giants are well matched for each other. The following slides are five reasons Detroit will defeat San Francisco in the 2012 World Series.

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Strong Starting Rotation

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The Tigers have a phenomenal starting rotation led by ace Justin Verlander. In three starts this postseason, Verlander is 3-0 with an impressive 0.74 earned run average and 25 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner is the No. 1 reason why Detroit has a very good chance of winning the World Series. Max Scherzer has also been outstanding in the playoffs posting a 1-0 record with a 0.82 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 11 innings. The starting rotation is easily the strongest part of this Tigers team, which is scary to think about considering their high-powered offense.

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One-Two Punch of Cabrera and Fielder

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Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder are the best one-two punch in all of baseball and will be a huge factor in which team will win the World Series. San Francisco’s pitching staff is going to have nightmares trying to figure out a way to stop these two men. If the Giants are unable to slow down Cabrera and Fielder’s bats then there is simply no chance. The two sluggers have combined for two home runs, eight RBIs, and 27 total bases in nine games.

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Legitimate Secondary Offensive Support

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As good as Cabrera and Fielder have been, ALCS MVP Delmon Young has been even better. In fact, the Tigers have a few great offensive weapons to support their top dogs. Young is batting .294 with two home runs and eight RBIs in nine games this postseason. Meanwhile, Austin Jackson has been an impressive leadoff hitter with a .297 batting average, one homer, four RBIs and a .350 on-base percentage. Also, Johnny Peralta’s .343 postseason batting average and two home runs is a nice breath of fresh air.

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Superior Offense

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Even though the Giants have scored 20 runs in their last three games, the Tigers’ offense is still far superior. Detroit is batting .271 as a team with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in nine games. The Giants have two more home runs and 17 more RBIs but they have also played three more games. I believe the 2012 World Series is going to be a slugfest and if that is the case then the Tigers certainly have the upper hand.

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Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Tigers are soaring high with confidence right now after dismantling the heavily favored Yankees in the ALCS. It is not as if people thought Detroit was not capable of beating New York, but the fact that they swept them is very impressive. Confidence is huge in the postseason and the Tigers have truckloads of it. On the other hand, they do not appear overconfident as the Giants clearly proved they are a difficult team to beat.