2012 World Series Preview

10/23/12 in MLB   |   Jeverson_Cruz   |   4 respect

July 01, 2010; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) and Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (right) before the game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIREThe San Francisco Giants have staved off elimination six times thus far this postseason to reach the World Series. Usually in the postseason, the hottest team is the one that wins out all the way through but in this situation the Giants are playing a team that on paper is better than them. The Detroit Tigers have the pitching led by ace Justin Verlander, who may be the best pitcher in the game along with a deep lineup that includes American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and first baseman Prince Fielder. The Giants have beaten the odds so many times that it is really hard to count them out with home field advantage but Detroit's deep line-up will be one that will make pitching pay for its mistakes.

The Giants have some scrappy players on their team, which if Detroit is not careful, can get timely hits as NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro did for them countless times against the St. Louis Cardinals. Besides Scutaro, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and catcher Buster Posey are also forces to be reckoned with. Unfortunately for San Francisco, ever since the National League Division Series against the Reds, Sandoval and Posey have not really performed to their ability. It is imperative for them to perform well and get timely hits for the Giants and if that is the case, the San Francisco Giants may be able win their second title in three years.

Both of these clubs have superb pitching, with Justin Verlander leading the Tigers and Matt Cain leading the Giants. The bullpens are also pretty solid with the likes of Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke for Detroit, as well as Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt for the Giants. If I were a Detroit fan, I would be concerned with Jose Valverde, who blew a four run lead in the American League Championship series against the Yankees. Detroit must correct this in order for Valverde to not cost his team any games in the biggest stage, which is the World Series.

Eliminating the designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers in four games at San Francisco may hurt Detroit's defense in the outfield, as they will be forced to play Delmon Young. He is their primary DH and losing his bat in a non-DH ballpark may really hurt this team. PNC Park is a ballpark with a huge outfield to cover, so it will be interesting to see how Young adapts to playing one of the two corner outfield positions.

On paper, Detroit is clearly the better team, but San Francisco has been so resilient, that it is really hard to count them out. Timely hitting and good pitching will be crucial for both clubs to be successful in this series. If both clubs play to their potentials, this series should go seven games and fit the bill of a fall classic.
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