World Series Pick
The 2012 World Series is set! This years matchup will be the San Francisco Giants vs Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers disposed of the Oakland A’s in five games in the ALDS, and beat down the New York Yankees in the ALCS by sweeping them convincingly. The San Francisco Giants came back from a 2-0 deficit in the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds and won three straight on the road to win a spot in the NLCS, where they were down 3-1 to the St.Louis Cardinals and came back to win three straight AGAIN to clinch the NL championship and a spot in the World Series. This is only the fourth time in history that a team who swept their LCS opponent and a team who went seven games with their LCS opponent are facing each other in the World Series. In the three previous times that this has happened, the team who went all seven games with their LCS opponent went on to win the World Series every time, so that’s something to keep in mind. So let’s get to my pick.
WORLD SERIES: San Francisco Giants vs Detroit Tigers – The Giants were my NL pick to make the World Series back in Spring Training, but I had them losing to the Los Angeles Angels, but the Angels didn’t even make the playoffs. When the playoffs began, I had the Giants winning it all over the Oakland A’s, but the A’s were bounced in the ALDS in five games by these Detroit Tigers. When the LCS’ were set, I took the Giants in the NL and the Tigers in the AL, and both worked out. Now it is time to see if I’m sticking with the Giants or if I’m jumping ship to the Tigers who most likely have the AL MVP AND Cy Young award winners on the team in Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, respectively. I really think that this can be one of the all time great World Series’ with all the great pitching involved and great hitters. I think this series really sets up well for the Giants because their two best pitchers, Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong, are both slated to pitch games three and four, which are the first two games in Detroit. I think having your two best arms on the mound when you go on the road is key and a huge advantage. This is no slight to Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer, who are the Tigers’ games three and four starters, but they aren’t the two best pitching on the Tigers, that goes to Justin Verlander and Doug Fister. I think if the Giants can win just one of the first two games at home with Barry Zito in game one or Madison Bumgarner in-game two, that they are set up very well in this series. I also think that if the Giants can somehow win both games at home to open the series that the Tigers very well may not even have a chance to come back in this series. People will think I’m crazy for saying this but Barry Zito pitched a tremendous Game 5 of the NLCS on the road in St.Louis with seven shutout innings against one of the best hitting teams in baseball, so he is ready for this game one start against Detroit. I do think it’s a real serious possibility that Zito could beat Verlander in-game one, since the Giants are home, are hot, and Zito is coming off a GREAT start, but that doesn’t mean I’m picking Zito to win game one though. The Tigers CANNOT lose game one or they are in huge trouble, they MUST win with their ace on the mound. If the Giants lose both games at home to open the series, they are done and you can lock up the Tigers as champs. I give the Tigers a slight edge in pitching, the Giants get the edge in bullpen, and the Tigers the slight edge in hitting. So without further ado, here are my game by game picks, and my World Series winner.
Game 1: Detroit Tigers 3 San Francisco Giants 2. Verlander vs Zito.
Game 2: San Francisco Giants 5 Detroit Tigers 3. Bumgarner vs Fister.
Game 3: San Francisco Giants 4 Detroit Tigers 1. Vogelsong vs Sanchez.
Game 4: Detroit Tigers 6 San Francisco Giants 3. Scherzer vs Cain.
Game 5: Detroit Tigers 5 San Francisco Giants 1. Verlander vs Zito.
Game 6: San Francisco Giants 7 Detroit Tigers 6. Bumgarner vs Fister.
Game 7: San Francisco Giants 4 Detroit Tigers 3. Vogelsong vs Sanchez.