Barry Zito Will Oppose Justin Verlander in Game One

10/24/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The San Francisco Giants have done the improbable this postseason. Once down 0-2 in the NLDS with three games to play in Cincinnati, the Giants prevailed. Down 1-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, the Giants outscored their opponent 20-1 in the final three games to become only the third NL team to take a series after falling behind 1-3. 

Oct 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in the 7th inning during game three of the 2012 ALCS at Comerica Park.  Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Tigers have been awaiting their opponent since last week after sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS.  After needing all five games to dispose of the Oakland A's in the division series, the Tigers made quick work of a slumping Yankee team, which lost Derek Jeter to a broken ankle and their entire offense came up empty. 

Justin Verlander is 3-0 in the playoffs this year and has an ERA under 1.00, true to his dominant perception. It is actually Verlander's fault the NL has home field in the World Series.  And thanks to a Giants player, Melky Cabrera, who has been told to stay away from the team due to his 50-game suspension and all the hoopla surrounding his coverup attempt, Verlander surrendered 5 runs in the All-star game while Matt Cain held his own. 

Barry Zito, the man who began the rally for the Giants in the NLCS, will pitch Game 1, hoping for another strong outing against a fearsome lineup that includes the triple-crown winner, Miguel Cabrera as well as Prince Fielder. Manager Bruce Bochy decided to go with Madison Bumgarner, regardless of his postseason struggles, for Game 2 due to the Tigers inconsistency opposing lefties. 

Marco Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, recorded 6 multi-hit games and bat .500 with 6 runs and 4 RBI becoming the model Oct 15, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (19) hits a three-run single during the fourth inning of game two of the 2012 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park.  Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sportsof consistency alongside the Panda who bat right behind him. If they manage to continue their hot streak and thrive off their crowd's enthusiasm, the Giants will be tough to beat - especially because their pitching has been stellar of late. 

Over the final 27 innings of the NLCS, San Francisco surrendered only 1 run.  Zito pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings in his start, Ryan Vogelsong pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball while Matt Cain left the mound after 5 2/3 scoreless innings.  The Tigers staff managed to completely silence the Yankees expensive bats as well, so this series may turn out to be a low-scoring, tightly fought series. 
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10/25/12   |   dad1luvkap   |   335 respect

The Red Sox hired Farrel, now all they need is a team for him to Coach !!!

10/24/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Reminds of of two years ago.  Cliff Lee was unbeatable.  The big star.  No way would the Giants beat him.  Fast forward two years.....

10/24/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Barry Zito with an RBI single!? After that and the Pagan "double" off of third base, you have to think luck is on their side!

10/24/12   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

I'd say 4-0 is a good start for SF.