When Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera took a third called strike to end the World Series it was a fitting end. It put an exclamation point on the great season that the San Francisco Giants had.
The Detroit Tigers were supposed to win the World Series. This was their year, they had the players, and they had the pitching. I, along with many other baseball fans picked the Tigers to win the World Series. Someone forgot to tell the Giants.
Bruce Bochy showed how great of a manager he is. His use of the bullpen in the postseason and specifically the World Series is why he is one of the best managers in the MLB. Jim Leyland showed that while he is a good manager, he still isn’t great.
Leyland isn’t to blame for the Tigers getting swept however. The hitting for the Tigers was beyond terrible. It was like the Tigers saw what the New York Yankees did in the ALCS and wanted to copy them.
Prince Fielder picked the wrong time to go completely cold and swing at bad pitches. Cabrera didn’t look comfortable at the plate. The one person who actually had a decent batting average for the Tigers was Omar Infante. When Infante is your batting average leader, your team has issues.
In the end, the thing that plagued the Tigers the entire year ended up costing them in the last game. The Tigers defense was suspect all season long. It was one of the reasons why the Chicago White Sox were in first place for such a long time.
So in the top of the 10th inning, late season hero Marco Scutaro hit a single to shallow center. Instead of playing the ball correctly, Austin Jackson was too deep. He wasn’t able to hit the cutoff man and Ryan Theriot scored the winning run.
Ask a Tigers fan who they would want up to plate with the game on the line and two outs and they would say Cabrera. Who could blame them? He was the Triple Crown winner.
So how fitting was it that there he was with the game on the line and Sergio Romo pitching to him. Then he gets caught looking on a called third strike, not even taking the bat off of his shoulders. That’s baseball.
Now the season is over, so we now have the next question. When do catchers and pitchers report?
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