MLB World Series: Detroit Tigers Need Some Home Cooking To Get Back On Track
Who has seen the movie Fallen? The movie’s premise involved an evil entity that went on from person to person, killing anyone who came in touch with the demon. Why am I bringing up this flick? Well, whatever evil being that sucked up the New York Yankees offense in the ALCS latched on to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
The Tigers lost to the San Francisco Giants by the score of 2-0 tonight, giving the Giants the 2-0 series lead in the 2012 World Series. The Giants’ dominance maybe have surprised many pundits – including myself – but is this really all that surprising?
There is a reason the Tigers only finished with a record of 88-74, and that’s because they struggled on the road all season long. Detroit finished the regular season with a 38-43 record away from Comerica Park, while they were 50-31 at home. Also, Detroit had a 26-25 record against left-handed pitching, so the dominance of Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner shouldn’t be all that surprising.
There’s no reason for panic… yet. Come Saturday, if I was a Tiger fan, I would be a little anxious, but I would have confidence that Anibal Sanchez will make it a series.
Detroit’s lineup is a lot better when it includes Andy Dirks; especially, since Delmon Young will be far, far, far away from the outfield. Plus, Ryan Vogelsong is due for a little regression at some point (one would think).
This series is far from over, but it must feel nice for the Giants knowing they only have to win one game to feel comfortable about winning their second championship in three seasons. But it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they come back to San Francisco with a 3-2 deficit. That’s how scary Detroit is at home.
Here’s to hoping for a good series the rest of the way.