When Barry Zito throws the first pitch in San Francisco it will mark the start of the 108th World Series. It will be the Detroit Tigers taking on the San Francisco Giants. This Fall Classic should be a good series that will feature good pitching and good hitting. Who in the end will win? This is going to be very hard.
First off, this World Series is going to be special. The Giants young catcher Buster Posey and the Tigers Miguel Cabrera will be facing each other. It is the first time since 1988 that two potential MVP’s will be playing each other in the World Series.
Cabrera will also be the first Triple Crown winner to be in a World Series since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
In terms of managing neither have the edge in my opinion. Jim Leyland is going to have to figure out where to play Delmon Young in the first two games in San Francisco. Likewise, Bruce Bochy will have to find a suitable designated hitter when the series moves to Detroit.
All four of the starters for the Tigers have been well rested. Justin Verlander is doing what Verlander has always done. He has a 0.74 ERA in the postseason which is incredible. The Tigers also have Max Scherzer, and Doug Fister.
For the Giants, Zito is finally playing up to his contract and had a great start against the St. Louis Cardinals and one can’t forget about Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants also have perfect game pitcher Matt Cain. As well as Cain has been pitching and Vogelsong has been pitching the Tigers still have the edge in starting pitching
First base has to go to the Tigers with Prince Fielder. Catching goes to the Giants even though Posey struggled against the Cardinals.
One thing that may be the Tigers downfall is their fielding. The Tigers have had issues at defense all year. The Giants have a strong advantage in this category and don’t be surprised if the Tigers fielding ends up costing them a game in the World Series.
This is a hard World Series to predict and it will be fun to watch. I don’t think it is going to be a sweep by either team. Yet, I think that the Tigers with their strong pitching, and strong offense win this.
Tigers win the Fall Classic in six games giving the Tigers their first World Series championship since 1984.
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