There was plenty of reason to be concerned over the Detroit Tigers heading into Game 1 of the 2012 World Series considering they had been on rest the last five days and the San Francisco Giants were carrying over their moment from Game 7 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals just two days before. Justin Verlander took the mound for the Tigers in the opening game of this series and unfortunately–he struggled to live up to the dominant level he’s been playing at in the three previous postseason games prior to Wednesday.
Not only did Verlander last just four innings in Game 1 and allow five earned runs to go along with just four strikeouts, but he gave up two key home runs to Pablo Sandoval–who finished the game 4 of 4 and became the fourth player in MLB history to record three home runs in a single World Series game. Normally, Verlander is the type of pitcher that is impossible to record a hit off of, but for some reason–he just couldn’t seem to get anything going against San Francisco in Game 1.
While there’s still plenty of time for the Tigers to come back in this series, they knew how important it was to take Game 1 with their best pitcher on the mound and it should be interesting to see the type of impact it has on the rest of the series. Considering Verlander went 3-0 and allowed just two earned runs to go along with 25 strikeouts prior to Wednesday’s game–losing the first game of this series with their best pitcher has to sting for the Tigers.
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