The World Series is here folks! The San Francisco Giants will open up the series at home against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday night at 8 ET.
The Giants come into the series hot after after down 3-1 in the series versus the Cardinals. The offense became aroused after a quiet first four games. Marco Scutaro was named the NLCS MVP after tying the postseason record for most hits in a series with 14. He also achieved a .500 batting average practically leading the Giants with strong pitching performances from Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants were not seen to be favorites to get into the World Series after Melky Cabrera was suspended the rest of the season with his suspension for PED’s, but they won multiple elimination games to get here today.
The opponent facing the streaking Giants will be the Tigers. The Tigers will pitch the best pitcher in the game, Justin Verlander at least twice this series, potentially three. The Giants are still in joy about their World Series; until they see Justin Verlander take the bump Game 1 of the World Series. That’s when they’ll realize they have their hands full with the Detroit Tigers pitching staff. Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez all had strong starts in the series sweep for the Yankees. Despite the superb starting pitching, the one weak point for the Tigers is their closer. Jose Valverde has blown two games this postseason and is no longer the closer for the Tigers. Jim Leyland has not named a new closer but you can expect a closer by committee and a small role for the once perfect Valverde.
This series surely will not surpass the drama of last year’s legendary World Series of the Cardinals and Rangers. I think this series can easily go seven games because of the Giants strong bullpen. I see Sergio Romo playing a huge role in this series facing Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, and/or Johnny Peralta in crucial situations. If the starters make these games manageable then the Giants will surely have the advantage because of the matchup between Javier Lopez against Prince Fielder. Fielder has improved hitting off speed pitches to opposite field, but we’ll all see how much it’s really improved on the biggest stage when he faces Lopez.
When the fat lady sings, the Tigers will win the World Series in Game 6. Comerica Park was buzzing last series, and I expect it to hype for the last three games of the season. Madison Bumgarner will be the X factor in this series. However, he will decide the Giants fate to their second World Series ring in 3 years, or a disappointing loss.