The San Francisco Giants look like they’re on a crash course with destiny. Behind three-pitcher five hit shutout, the Giants have taken an almost insurmountable 3-0 lead over the AL Champion Detroit Tigers.
The Giants jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, and never looked back. The Tigers looked to open the scoring in the first inning when AL Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera singled putting runners at first and second with one out. But Prince Fielder managed to ground into a double play ending the threat. In the third inning, the Tigers also grounded into a twin killing.
While Pablo Sandoval set the tone in this series offensively with three home runs in game one, the Giants pitching has been the story. They’ve shut the Tigers out the last two games. That is an amazing feat for any team but especially when you consider that the Tigers have some real weapons up and down the lineup. To put this in even more perspective. The Tigers two most dangerous hitters are just not getting anything done. Cabrera is hitting .222 and Fielder .100. Sandoval is hitting .636. If the Tigers are to pull of a miracle, these two guys will have to start hitting.
The Giants will throw their ace Matt Cain tomorrow against the Tigers Max Scherzer. While Cain was better in the regular season, Scherzer has had a strong post-season. Even if Scherzer is able to get the upper-hand on the Giants, the Tigers still have a long uphill battle with the National League champions. Frankly, the tone was set in game one when Justin Verlander was knocked around by the scrappy Giants. Losing with their second-best pitcher Doug Fister also didn’t help things for the Tigers. It set them up for a bad situation.
There’s still some baseball left to be played, but it looks as if we will have a World Series champion sooner rather than later. But let’s not forget it looked as if the Tigers were dead during the regular season and got hot at the end of the season to get into the postseason. They’re hoping for one more improbable run.