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What's is wrong with the Detroit Tigers?

10/26/12 in MLB   |   Jeverson_Cruz   |   4 respect

What is wrong with the Detroit Tigers? After sweeping the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, this team is now down 0-2 in the best of seven series versus the San Francisco Giants. The lack of getting runners on base along with Verlander's  ineffectiveness in Game 1,  is what has this team with their backs against the wall.

The Giants look like the better team at the moment, playing station-to-station baseball and creating runs. With the exception of Game 1, when Pablo Sandoval looked like the second coming of Babe Ruth, Game 2 came down to manufacturing runs and San Francisco did that to perfection, to extend their lead in the series 2-0. Starting pitching is another aspect of the game that is very important because depending on how a starter performs, determines how relievers will be used and the Giants have done that effectively. Barry Zito has come up huge in this postseason, pitching San Francisco out of a potential Game 5 elimination in the National League Championship Series versus St Louis and then against Detroit in Game 1 of the World Series. Zito features a fastball that tops 85 MPH but he has been able to give his team quality starts time after time. The farther starters go in games, the less taxed the bullpen will be, which gives managers more options if a starter goes down early in a game later in the series. Doug Fister for Detroit pitched very well in Game 2 but Madison Bumgarner pitched better and his team drove in runs in the latter part of the game, which proved to be the difference.

During a playoff run, it's a toss up as to whether rest may help or hurt a team. In this situation, it seems like rest has hurt Detroit and no rest has helped the Giants. Detroit had five days of preparation after sweeping the Yankees, while San Francisco had one day after going seven games in the NLDS against St Louis. When a hitter of Miguel Cabrera's magnitude has only one hit through two games in this series, it shows that how rest may be throwing his timing off. Against Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner, the Detroit line-up has looked lost and it goes to show that the art of pitching is not about how hard you throw but about location and hitting your spots. 

Detroit did not do its due diligence in stealing one in San Francisco, so it'll be interesting to see how they will perform going back home. One thing that works in Detroit's favor is the fact that going home eliminates the pitcher hitting and enhances the line up with the Designated Hitter.  It has only been done 11 times in the 108-year existence of the World Series, that a team comes back and wins a series after being down 0-2. Was Detroit a product of New York's lack of hitting in the American League Championship Series? Or is better pitching overmatching this line-up? These questions along with many others should be answered as the Tigers look to rebound and get back into the series.
 
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